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When it comes to creating real change in public schools, the answer isn't to impose top-down reforms. Instead, it comes down to the hard work of creating partnerships between teachers, parents, students and all the stakeholders in a community to ensure that every student has access to the resources they need to succeed.
Philadelphia's public schools are reeling from years of underfunding, devastating budget cuts and the mass closure of 23 schools last year.
Publication Date:Mon, 2014-06-23
"A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools" is the first in series of short videos that reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation's first all charter school district. It details the illegal takeover and the academic failure of The Recover School District. The film, which was directed by Phoebe Ferguson and Dr. Raynard Sanders, features interviews with leaders in the New Orleans education community who were faced with the daunting task of reopening schools immediately following Hurricane Katrina.
The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast in 2005. But for New Orleans’ public school students, parents, and teachers, the tragedy of Katrina was just the beginning.
Whether you can get to school shouldn't depend on whether you can afford a subway pass. Students in Boston staged a protest and day-long sit-in this week arguing just that point.
Govs. Corbett and Christie Are Coming to Philadelphia.
Join Us for a Rally to Demand Full Funding, Local Control!
At the Union League at 4pm on Monday, June 9th
Millions of students are removed from their classrooms each year, overwhelmingly for minor misbehaviors. A disproportionately large percentage of those affected are students of color, students with disabilities and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Thanks to the organizing work of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, the Illinois legislature has passed a new law requiring public reporting of school discipline data. SB2793 is a huge victory and a step toward ending the discriminatory use of suspensions and expulsions.
A new report by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Foundation Center is a must-read for anyone who cares about the rectifying the disparities in our society that impact boys and young men of color.