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Reclaim the Promise! Day of Action Recap

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2014-02-03

On December 9, 2013, parents, students, teachers and community members from over 60 cities across the country participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

On December 9, parents, students, teachers and community members from over 60 cities across the country participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. This is what happens when an education movement unites: 

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Obama's Opportunity Agenda Starts with Public Education

Posted on: Thursday January 30th, 2014

Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this week’s State of the Union address. President Obama rightfully pushed for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, and extended unemployment insurance as immediate steps that can be taken to help Americans right away.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education, the OTL Campaign's parent organization, released the below State of the Union response.

Dream Defenders Deliver 2014 State of the Youth Address

Posted on: Thursday January 30th, 2014

Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of a generation of young voters and organizers.

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Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of a generation of young voters and organizers. 

Dream Defenders: 2014 State of the Youth Address

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2014-01-30

Phil Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of millions of young voters and organizers.

Phil Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of millions of young voters and organizers.

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Maryland Embraces Solutions, Not Suspensions

Posted on: Wednesday January 29th, 2014

In another victory for the grassroots movement working to end harsh school discipline, Maryland has passed new regulations that promote positive alternatives to suspensions and zero-tolerance policies.

Maryland has joined the ranks of states like Massachusetts and cities like Los Angeles, Denver and Minneapolis in embracing positive alternatives to suspensions and harsh school discipline.

Only One Out of Three Kids Read Proficiently by Fourth Grade

Posted on: Tuesday January 28th, 2014

66 percent of all fouth-graders, and 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families, are not reading at grade level.  

The end of third grade marks an important transition when young students move from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." However, 66 percent of all fouth-graders, and 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families, are not reading at grade level. 

A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count project shows the statistics for fourth-grade reading proficiency by race, family income, English learner status, disability and school poverty rate.

Early Reading Proficiency in the US: Kids Count Data Snapshot

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-01-28
Organization: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
Report

The end of third grade marks an important transition when young students move from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." However, 66 percent of all fouth-graders, and 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families, are not reading at grade level.

What Restorative Justice Can–and Should–Look Like

Posted on: Tuesday January 28th, 2014

Students from Oakland, CA, participate in a restorative justice circle in their classroom a show how school discipline reform can foster strong, supportive school communities.

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-01-28

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

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Student Organizers Shine at Albany Rally

Posted on: Friday January 24th, 2014

At a recent rally for fair school funding in New York State, students gave powerful testimony in front of 1,500 protesters gathered at the state capitol. Watch some of the video clips and be inspired!

Students are a force to be reckoned with in the movement to improve our nation's public schools, and the OTL Campaign is proud to stand with so many dedicated young leaders. At a recent rally in Albany, NY, students gave powerful testimony in front of 1,500 protesters gathered at the state capitol to demand fair school funding.