Dear Friends and Allies,
We've got some exciting news to share!
As some of you may already know, the OTL Campaign is gearing up for a few big events in Los Angeles during the first week of October:
Got Any Plans on Oct. 3rd?
Join Us for a Free Education Town Hall in Los Angeles!
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks struggling public schools should be given the "death penalty." Rather than supporting these schools with additional resources, he thinks they should be closed down, taken over by the state, or turned into charter schools.
Want to know the suspension rate in your district, maybe broken down by race, gender and English learner or disability status? Unfortunately, the federal Office of Civil Rights data collection on school discipline (the most comprehensive source for these numbers) isn't the easiest database to navigate. So hats off to the team at UCLA's Civil Rights Project for their new online tool that lets advocates and organizers quickly and easily look up the data they need for their communities. Check it out!
Just over one year ago, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Chapter 222 legislation, a school discipline reform law requiring districts to revise their Codes of Conduct to issue suspensions and expulsions only as a last resort. Last week, Boston Public Schools (BPS) became the first district in the state to adopt a new Ch.
A review of the first three years of the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) program finds that its key tenet of teacher and school accountability is "deeply flawed" because it fails to address the opportunity gap in access to educational resources that puts students of color and low-income students at a disadvantage.
Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement: Lack of Time, Resources, and Tools to Address Opportunity Gaps Puts Lofty State Goals Out of Reach
A review of the first three years of the federal Race to the Top program finds that its key tenet of teacher and school accountability is "deeply flawed" because it fails to address the opportunity gap in access to educational resources that puts students of color and low-income students at a disadvantage.
Many policymakers like to herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Based on research from Dr.
In our national discussion around educational inequities, the narrative often focuses on the plight of boys and young men of color who face the worse injustices and lack of opportunity. Monique Morris, a Soros Justice Fellow and co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute, thinks this focus on young men of color, while important, is rendering young women of color and the unique struggles they face invisible.