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Cami Anderson, the Superintendent of the state-controlled Newark Public Schools, is about to get some new company in her district. After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S.
Zakiyah Ansari (left) of the Alliance for Quality
Education and Ocynthia Williams of United Parents of
Highbridgewere named to the Community Schools
David Sciarra (right) and Billy Easton at a press
conference in March presenting findings from a
statewide fact-finding tour to document education
inequity in New York public schools.
Photo from organizers' multi-day sit-in at the state
capitol in late June. Via Fight for Philly.
Advocates and organizers in Philadelphia came close to scoring a victory for the city's public schools – only to have legislative tinkering get in the way.
Travis Bristol, author
Publication Date:Tue, 2014-07-08
Educators for Social Responsibility
Equitable instructional materials and policies
Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations for Effective Development and Implementation of Personal Opportunity Plans by the Commonwealth, Districts, and Schools
This report contributes to the movement to shift from standards-based to supports-based reform that provides necessary resources so that every student has the opportunity to learn, succeed in school, and craft a productive future with the support of counselors, teachers, and personal advocates.
Photo via Kayleigh Skinner/The Hechinger Report
Education was a center-stage issue in the New York City 2013 mayoral election thanks to the hard work of advocates and organizers across the city. In the run up to the election, a powerful coalition emerged that engaged the community, shaped the debate and eventually helped elect Bill de Blasio to office.
Now those advocates are making a film chronicling their victory and they need your help!
One of best ways to turnaround a struggling school is to transform it into a "community school," a hub for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents. In New York City, advocates and organizers have rallied around the idea of community schools and called for the city to expand the few programs that already exist.