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May 13 Rally at the US Supreme Court

Posted on: Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, our nation's public schools are still separate and still unequal. On May 13, parents, students, educators and community members will rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demand that policymakers recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity embodied in the Brown decision.

Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

May 13 – Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court
Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All

Excellent Teachers for Each and Every Child: A Guide for State Policy

Publication Date: 
Sun, 2013-12-15
Type: 
Policy
Category: 
Highly Effective Teachers

A groundbreaking new OTL Campaign policy guide provides state lawmakers and education advocates with a blueprint for practical changes to improve teaching quality in America — one of the most critical factors to support student success. The guide recommends research-based policies and state models that have been highly effective in developing and sustaining talented and diverse teaching forces that prepare all students for college, career and life.

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Building High Quality Early Childhood Education Support Systems for Children and Families

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2014-05-05
Organization: 
Opportunity to Learn Campaign and Broader Bolder Approach to Education
Type: 
Policy
Category: 
Early Care and Education

This guide gives state policymakers and advocates a blueprint for developing better-coordinated, early support systems using a whole-child and whole-family approach. It provides lawmakers with concrete action steps for adapting the document's highlighted strategies to meet states’ various needs. The guide focuses on four areas for state policy: ensuring comprehensive pre- and post-natal maternal and infant support; enhancing quality of and access to child care; building strong, high quality early education systems; and cultivating cohesive early support systems. 

Download the full guide below or click here for a two-page summary.  

New OTL Policy Guide on Early Care and Education

Posted on: Monday May 5th, 2014

A new state policy guide from the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign and Opportunity Action gives state policymakers a blueprint for developing better-coordinated, early support systems.

New OTL State Policy Guide:
High Quality Early Education Systems for Children & Families

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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