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Philly Schools Open Despite Major Budget Shortfall

Posted on: Thursday August 21st, 2014

State lawmakers in Pennsylvania failed to pass a cigarette tax that would have provided much needed funds for Philly's schools. Instead, the school year will begin with $32 million in budget cuts, leaving schools without janitors and 7,500 students without transportation to school.


Photo from organizers' multi-day sit-in at the state
capitol in late June. Via
Fight for Philly.

Putting a Price Tag on Expanding Opportunity

Posted on: Tuesday August 19th, 2014

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy have launched a new project to put a firm price tag on what it would take to finally close the opportunity gap gap and ensure all students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed

Massachusetts routinely leads the nation in test scores and high school graduation rates. But the state isn't immune to the same opportunity gaps (and resulting achievement gaps) that hinder students across the country, particularly students of color and students from low-income communities.

The Truth About The New Orleans School Reform Model

Posted on: Friday August 8th, 2014

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

"Juking the stats" is a practice now so ingrained in the way education solutions are posed to the public that examples are rampant. An especially egregious example is the way school administration in New Orleans – where the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina was used as an opportunity to summarily fire school teachers and turn over the majority of schools to privately managed, outside charter school operators – is now being marketed as a “solution” for public education everywhere.

This post originally appeared on Education Opportunity Network

New York Owes Its Schools $5.9 Billion in Funding

Posted on: Thursday August 7th, 2014

New York State is $5.9 billion behind on providing constitutionally required funding for its public schools. A new report from the Alliance for Quality Education lays out the stunning gap between what New York schools need and what they're actually getting.

New York State is $5.9 billion behind on providing constitutionally required funding for its public schools. A new report from the Alliance for Quality Education lays out the stunning gap between what New York schools need and what they're actually getting.

It's Time to Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

Posted on: Thursday August 7th, 2014

In a recent commentary for Education Week, Kavitha Mediratta of Atlantic Philanthropies writes about the problems in our nation's discipline system – and the cities and communities that are changing things for the better.


Kavitha Mediratta

The movement to reform harsh, discriminatory school discipline policies in our nation's schools is picking up steam, with calls for change coming from grassroots organizers nationwide all the way up to the US Departments of Education and Justice.

Student-Centered Learning with a POP

Posted on: Tuesday August 5th, 2014

Personalized learning might be hard to imagine in today's world of high-stakes testing and punitive accountability systems, but a new report shows how we could use "Personal Opportunity Plans (POPs)" to move our public education system in a new direction.

Here's How We Get Student-Centered Learning Right
A Blueprint for Developing "Personal Opportunity Plans"

Lynn Community Takes Stand for Immigrant Students

Posted on: Friday July 25th, 2014

The small city of Lynn, MA, has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate. On July 22, dozens of local parents, students and community members rallied on the steps of Lynn City Hall to protest city officials trying to scapegoat young immigrant students for the ails of a long-underfunded school system.

For education advocates and organizers, the small city of Lynn, MA, (just a short drive north of Boston) has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate.

KIDS COUNT Data Book: Only "Fragile Progress" in 25 Years

Posted on: Friday July 25th, 2014

In the 25 years since the start of the Annie E. Cassie Foundation's KIDS COUNT project, America has made only "fragile progress" in improving the well-being of and opportunities available to young children and students.

In the 25 years since the start of the Annie E. Cassie Foundation's KIDS COUNT project, America has made only "fragile progress" in improving the well-being of and opportunities available to young children and students. 

Netroots Nation Takes on School Discipline

Posted on: Friday July 25th, 2014

Across the country, students, parents, and educators are organizing to change their school districts’ zero tolerance policies – and they’re winning. At the 2014 Netroots Nation conference in Detroit last weekend, advocates and organizers discussed the victories and continuing challenges in the movement for school discipline reform.

Across the country, students, parents, and educators are organizing to change their school districts’ zero tolerance policies – and they’re winning, with recent victories nationwide from Los Angeles to Denver to Maryland and Boston.

At the 2014 Netroots Nation conference in Detroit last weekend, advocates and organizers discussed the victories and continuing challenges in the movement for school discipline reform. 

How We Won School Discipline Reform in Massachusetts

Posted on: Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

By Tom Mela, Massachusetts Advocates for Children

On July 1, Massachusetts took a bold step forward in the national school discipline reform movement when its new Chapter 222 law went into effect. To help advocates in other states learn how they, too, might tackle the school-to-prison pipeline, here’s how our Massachusetts coalition came together, fought hard, and won reform.

This guest post was written by Tom Mela, Senior Project Director at Massachusetts Advcoates for Children (MAC)

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