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Watch Rev. Dr. William Barber's Inspiring Speech at AFT/OTL Conference

Posted on: Monday November 4th, 2013

On October 4, Rev. Dr. William Barber gave an inspiring keynote speech in defense of public education at the AFT's Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference in Los Angeles.

On October 4, Rev. Dr. William Barber gave an inspiring keynote speech in defense of public education at the AFT's Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference in Los Angeles. Click here for a full recap of the conference, which included an the all-day 2013 OTL Organizing Summit. Watch the video below!

NJ Organizers Win Moratorium on Suspensions

Posted on: Monday November 4th, 2013

Thanks to the hard work of education organizers in Paterson, NJ, the local school board voted to institute a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for minor misbehaviors like dress code violations, tardiness and willful disobedience.

On October 16, education organizers in Paterson, NJ, scored a victory for school discipline reform and the Solutions Not Suspensions initiative.

Pre-K Is Worth Investing In – Here's Why

Posted on: Friday November 1st, 2013

A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed tried to argue pre-k isn't worth investing in. But in a must-read rebuttal, ReadyNation fact checks the op-ed and highlights the well-documented benefits of pre-k and the vital role it plays in closing the opportunity gap.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed that tried to make the case that we shouldn't bother investing in pre-k because it's "of no educational value and the cost would be staggering." Many advocates of early education, including the OTL Campaign, would of course beg to differ.

Here's How We Get Universal Pre-K in 8 Years

Posted on: Friday November 1st, 2013

A roadmap from the Campaign for Education Equity and Center for Children's Initiatives lays out how New York can fund and expand pre-k for all three- and four-year-olds over the next eight years.

Expanding pre-k to every three- and four-year-old in your state might seem like a daunting task.

Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York: A Statewide Roadmap

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2013-11-01
Organization: 
Center for Children's Initiatives and the Campaign for Educational Equity
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Early Care and Education

This report provides a detailed roadmap for making high-quality, full-day prekindergarten available for all three- and four-year-old children in New York State over an eight-year period.

MSNBC Highlights OTL Infographic and Philly Organizers

Posted on: Thursday October 31st, 2013

In a recent segment, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin referred to an OTL Campaign infographic showing the disparate impact of school closures on students of color and students from low-income families. He also highlighted the work of organizers in Philly fighting for their public schools.

We've made it to the big time!

Chicago Youth Organizer Featured in PBS Documentary

Posted on: Tuesday October 29th, 2013

Stephanie Alvarado, a youth leader with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and the Southwest Organizing Project, is one of six Latino/a students featured in a new PBS documentary about the dropout crisis and its effect on low-income students of color.

Stephanie Alvarado, a youth leader with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and the Southwest Organizing Project, is one of six Latino/a students featured in a new PBS documentary about the dropout crisis and its effect on low-income students of color. Learn more about the documentary, "The Graduates/Los Graduados," here on PBS!

Chicago Youth Organizer in New PBS Documentary

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-10-29

Stephanie Alvarado, a youth leader with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and the Southwest Organizing Project, is one of six Latino/a students featured in a new PBS documentary about the dropout crisis and its effect on low-income students of color.

Stephanie Alvarado, a youth leader with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and the Southwest Organizing Project, is one of six Latino/a students featured in a new PBS documentary about the dropout crisis and its effect on low-income students of color. Learn more about the documentary, "The Graduates/Los Graduados," here on PBS!

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Nov. 20 – OTL Education Action Summit in Albany, NY

Posted on: Tuesday October 29th, 2013

Join OTL allies from across New York for the Alliance for Quality Education's Education Action Summit on Nov. 20 in Albany! The event will include a day of trainings and workshops, and the kickoff of AQE's No More Excuses Campaign:

Join OTL allies from across New York for the Alliance for Quality Education's Education Action Summit on Nov. 20 in Albany! The event will include a day of trainings and workshops, and the kickoff of AQE's No More Excuses Campaign:

In 17 States, Majority of Students Live in Poverty

Posted on: Thursday October 24th, 2013

A new report from the Southern Education Foundation finds that for the first time in four decades, a majority of children in 17 states, including most of the South and several Western states, are living in poverty.

A new report from the Southern Education Foundation highlights the dire need for school services aimed at supporting students living in poverty: In 2011, 60% of public school students in the US were from low-income families.