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School Funding Headed to Court in Pennsylvania

Posted on: Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

School funding advocates in Pennsylvania are taking the state to court charging that Pennsylvania's current funding system is not only inadequate but also unconstitutional because it fails to "provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education."

Meet the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign!

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-12-02

In early October 2014, parents, students, teachers and community members attended a summit hosted by the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign. Watch this great video from the event and meet the dedicated members of this statewide campaign fighting for great public schools for all Arkansas students.

In early October 2014, parents, students, teachers and community members attended a summit hosted by the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign. Watch this great video from the event and meet the dedicated members of this statewide campaign fighting for great public schools for all Arkansas students.

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How Boston Can Recruit and Retain More Teachers of Color

Posted on: Monday November 24th, 2014

By Dr. Travis Bristol, SCOPE

Boston Public Schools, our nation’s first public school system, is uniquely positioned to lead once again by creating a district-wide system to increase and support the number of highly qualified teachers of color. This post is the second in a series focusing on a recent hearing hosted by Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on how Boston Public Schools can recruit, train and retain more teachers of color.

This post is the second in a series that features testimony from a recent hearing hosted by Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on ways to recruit and retain more teachers of color in Boston Public Schools. Read the first post, written by Councilor Jackson, here.

Recap, Pictures from the National Week of Action for Community Schools

Posted on: Monday November 24th, 2014

During the week of November 20, over 150 parents, student, teacher and community groups from more than 15 cities nationwide participated in the National Week of Action for the Public Schools All Our Children Deserve. Staging school walk-ins, holding rallies and packing school board meetings, organizers across the country pushed for sustainable community schools in their cities.

This post originally appeared on the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) website. The OTL Campaign is an AROS partner.

Regarding teachers of color: Boston Public Schools system is set to lead once again

Posted on: Friday November 21st, 2014

Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilor

In this interconnected world all children, and particularly those who stand at the margins, need a diverse teaching force if they are going to be able to be competitive globally. I’m glad to report that a seemingly contentious hearing yielded a true partnership between Boston Public Schools, local community members, researchers, and myself and colleague City Councilor Ayanna Pressley to create and implement an accountability structure that ensures we recruit, support, and, most importantly, retain highly qualified teachers of color.

This post originally appeared on the Hechinger Report and is reprinted here with permission of Councilor Jackson. The post is the first in a series that will feature testimony from a recent hearing hosted by Councilor Jackson on ways to recruit and retain more teachers of color in Boston Public Schools. Read the second post, written by Dr.

National Week of Action for Community Schools

Posted on: Monday November 17th, 2014

This week, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools—a broad coalition of, parents, students, teachers, community and faith-based groups, and labor unions—will be taking action in 15 cities across the country as part of a nationwide week of action to call for sustainable community schools.

The following press release is from the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, of which the OTL Campaign is a proud member.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 17, 2014
Contact:
Kayla Keller, kayla@fitzgibbonmedia.com, 281.682.6212

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NYC Allies Help Pass Law Focused on Access to School Counselors

Posted on: Thursday November 6th, 2014

Thanks to the hard work of the Urban Youth Collaborative, Make the Road NY and other allies, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law new requirements for the city's department of education to report data on students' access to school counselors.


Mayor de Blasio signs the new law. Behind him, left to
right, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, and UYC's
Kesi Foster and Christine Rodriguez (UYC).
Photo via UYC.

Struggling NYC Schools Will Get $150 Million Investment in Wraparound Supports

Posted on: Tuesday November 4th, 2014

After years of hard work by local organizers fighting for better school resources, NYC Mayor Bill de Balsio announced the city will dedicate $150 million to equip 94 struggling schools with a broad spectrum of wraparound supports to help them improve. 

In an age of punitive school accountability systems and mass school closures, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio won his campaign in part by promising to realize a bold, new, community-driven vision for improving schools.

State Budgets Focus on Prisons, Not Schools

Posted on: Friday October 31st, 2014

The best indication of a state's priorities is its budget, and as far as most state budgets go, our nation's priorities lie with prisons rather than schools.

For all the pre-election stump speeches voters have been listening to in recent months, the best indication of a state's priorities is still its budget. And as far as most state budgets go, our nation's priorities lie with prisons rather than schools. 

From the Huffington Post

"Accountability" in public education shouldn't mean punishing students, educators and schools.

Posted on: Thursday October 30th, 2014

By John H. Jackson, Schott Foundation for Public Education

"Accountability" in public education shouldn't mean punishing students, educators and schools. It should mean ensuring equity and opportunity for all. To that end, this is a big week in the fight for quality education for all children:

"Accountability" in public education shouldn't mean punishing students, educators and schools. It should mean ensuring equity and opportunity for all. To that end, this is a big week in the fight for quality education for all children:

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