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What Happens When Parents, Students and Teachers Take a Stand Together?

Posted on: Tuesday June 24th, 2014

Over the past year, St. Paul, MN, has emerged as a leader in creating powerful labor-community partnerships. A new report from the St. Paul Federation of Teachers details how teachers, parents and students banded together and used the union's 2014 contract negotiations to secure key resources and opportunities for all students.

When it comes to creating real change in public schools, the answer isn't to impose top-down reforms. Instead, it comes down to the hard work of creating partnerships between teachers, parents, students and all the stakeholders in a community to ensure that every student has access to the resources they need to succeed. 

Revival from the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools

Posted on: Monday June 23rd, 2014

Media Mobilizaing Project's four-part video series highlights the dedicated educators, parents and community members who are working to improve Philadelphia's schools and continue the fight for better resources for all students.

Philadelphia's public schools are reeling from years of underfunding, devastating budget cuts and the mass closure of 23 schools last year.

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2014-06-23

"A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools" is the first in series of short videos that reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation's first all charter school district. It details the illegal takeover and the academic failure of The Recover School District. The film, which was directed by Phoebe Ferguson and Dr. Raynard Sanders, features interviews with leaders in the New Orleans education community who were faced with the daunting task of reopening schools immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

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Video: For New Orleans Students, Katrina Was Just the Beginning

Posted on: Tuesday June 17th, 2014

The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast in 2005. But for New Orleans’ public school students, parents, and teachers, the tragedy of Katrina was just the beginning.

The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast in 2005. But for New Orleans’ public school students, parents, and teachers, the tragedy of Katrina was just the beginning.

Boston Students Hold Sit-in to Demand Youth Subway Passes

Posted on: Tuesday June 10th, 2014

Whether you can get to school shouldn't depend on whether you can afford a subway pass. Students in Boston staged a protest and day-long sit-in at the State Transportation Building to demand youth subway passes.

Whether you can get to school shouldn't depend on whether you can afford a subway pass. Students in Boston staged a protest and day-long sit-in this week arguing just that point.

Hundreds Protest in Philly Against Govs. Corbett and Christie

Posted on: Tuesday June 10th, 2014

Hundreds of parents, students and teachers protested in Philadelphia yesterday outside a joint fundraising event for PA Gov. Tom Corbett and NJ Gov. Chris Christie. The protesters are fighting against the education policies of the two governors, which have starved public schools of funding and left students without access to resources like full-time school nurses.

Philly Rally for Full Funding, Local Control and a Nurse in Every School

Posted on: Monday June 9th, 2014

Students, parents and teachers in Philadelphia will protest Pennsylania Gov. Tom Corbett and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at their joint event at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, on Monday, June 9th. Join us and take a stand for full funding and community control for public schools!

Govs. Corbett and Christie Are Coming to Philadelphia.
Join Us for a Rally to Demand Full Funding, Local Control!

At the Union League at 4pm on Monday, June 9th

Building Consensus to Reform School Discipline

Posted on: Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

The newly released School Discipline Consensus Report is a powerful catalog of promising strategies for reforming school discipline. The report draws on hundreds of experts from the fields of education, health, law enforcement and juvenile justice and offers a consensus framework to address the overuse and misuse of harsh school discipline.

Millions of students are removed from their classrooms each year, overwhelmingly for minor misbehaviors. A disproportionately large percentage of those affected are students of color, students with disabilities and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Illinois Requires Public Reporting of School Discipline Data

Posted on: Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

Thanks to the organizing work of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, the Illinois legislature has passed a new law requiring public reporting of school discipline data. SB2793 is a huge victory and a step toward ending the discriminatory use of suspensions and expulsions.

Thanks to the organizing work of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, the Illinois legislature has passed a new law requiring public reporting of school discipline data. SB2793 is a huge victory and a step toward ending the discriminatory use of suspensions and expulsions. 

Building a Beloved Community

Posted on: Monday June 2nd, 2014

A new report by the Open Society Foundations and the Foundation Center is a must-read for anyone who cares about the rectifying the disparities in our society that impact young men and boys of color.

A new report by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Foundation Center is a must-read for anyone who cares about the rectifying the disparities in our society that impact boys and young men of color. 

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