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National Week of Action May 13-17

Posted on: Monday April 28th, 2014

Join the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools for a National Week of Action May 13-17 to mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Parents, students, educators and community members are organizing actions across the country to continue the struggle for racial and educational justice and win the public schools all our children deserve.

Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All – May 13-17, 2014

"Gag Order" Bars Educators From Talking About Standardized Tests

Posted on: Friday April 25th, 2014

A "gag order" in New York's contract with test-making giant Pearson bars teachers from talking publicly about mistakes they find on state tests. The American Federation of Teachers has launched a petition asking Pearson to remove the gag order from current and future contracts. Sign on!

Teachers in New York recently administered new Common Core-aligned standardized tests, but because of a "gag order" in the state's contract with test-making giant Pearson, the teachers are barred from talking publicly about any mistakes they find on the test.  

Newark Clergy Call for Moratorium on Education "Reforms"

Posted on: Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

Dozens of Newark clergy members submitted a powerful letter to NJ Gov. Chris Christie calling for a moratorium on the proposed reforms and for meaningful community input moving forward.


Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-04-22
Organization: 
Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

School boards play a key role in setting the vision and tone for their local school systems. This guide can serve as a blueprint for board members who wish to create a better-coordinated system of "whole-child" supports for children and their families. Included in the document are guiding questions to help school board members assess current district partnerships and determine what new efforts and capacities might better support their students. The guide also highlights districts around the country who use the "community school" model as one strategy to deliver these needed supports. These districts show the different paths taken to build comprehensive education systems and can serve as models for community partnerships in other states and districts.

Partnerships, NOT Pushouts: New Policy Guide for School Boards

Posted on: Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

A new policy guide released today details how school board members can lead the way in securing a high quality education for each and every student in their district.

Partnerships, NOT Pushouts
New "Whole-Child" Policy Guide for School Board Members

Revival From the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2014-04-17

The first video in a three-part series, "Revival From the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools" follows Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and Hellen Gym, parent and education advocate, as they hear firsthand from students, parents and teachers fighting to turn around public education from the bottom up.

The first video in a three-part series, "Revival From the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools" follows Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and Hellen Gym, parent and education advocate, as they hear firsthand from students, parents and teachers fighting to turn around public education from the bottom up. 

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Huge Drop in Suspensions and Expulsions in Colorado

Posted on: Wednesday April 16th, 2014

After years of organizing work, advocates in Colorado won statewide school discipline reform in 2012. Padres & Jovenes Unidos, the leading voice behind the new law, has released a report card detailing the law's success during its first year. 

The parents of Padres & Jovenes Unidos have been a leading force in the school discipline reform movement in Colorado.

600 Philly Students "Missing" After Mass School Closures

Posted on: Tuesday April 15th, 2014

Philadelphia student group Youth United for Change has launched a campaign to identify some 600 students who "went missing" in the wake of the city's mass school closures last year.


Photo via Philly.com

What Are Community Schools?

Posted on: Monday April 14th, 2014

At the Community Schools National Forum in Cincinnati last week, top educators from the US and abroad learned about a powerful new model for supporting all students and improving our nation's schools. Check out pictures and video from the event!

The key to ensuring access to educational opportunity for each and every child is to build a strong public school at the heart of every community.

Across the nation, advocates are beginning to use the idea of a "community school" as a model for improving their local education systems. At the Community Schools National Forum in Cincinnati last week, top educators from the US and abroad learned about this powerful new model and how it could be scaled up nationally. 

Webinar Series: So You Want Fair School Funding...

Posted on: Thursday April 3rd, 2014

How do we fund schools fairly and equitably for all children? And how can advocates and organizers lead the way? Join us for two upcoming webinars on April 22 and May 7!

Webinar Series: So You Want Fair School Funding...
But Where Does the Money Come From?
How YOU can lead the fight to invest more in our public schools

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