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Arkansas School Privatization Bill Withdrawn

Posted on: Wednesday March 18th, 2015

A rally at the Arkansas capitol building turned into an impromptu victory party as organizers and supporters received word that the bill they were protesting, House Bill 1733 had been withdrawn from consideration in the legislative session. The bill would have transferred control of struggling districts to private organizations and left these districts and the communities they serve without a voice in school reform efforts. 

A rally at the Arkansas capitol building turned into an impromptu victory party as organizers and supporters received word that the bill they were protesting, House Bill 1733 (HB1733) had been withdrawn from consideration in the legislative session. HB1733 would have transferred control of struggling districts to private organizations and left these districts and the communities they serve without a voice in school reform efforts. Yet while this win for public education is certainly cause for happiness, the bill's defeat does not mean th

Rally in Albany for NY Public Schools

Posted on: Monday March 16th, 2015

Chanting "We Can't Wait!" and marching through downtown Albany, over 2,000 teachers, advocates, parents, and students rallied last Wednesday for an increase in state funding for public schools. Despite a 2006 ruling from the New York state supreme court that held that New York had failed to provide public schools with adequate educational resources under the state constitution, many schools have yet to receive the required level of funding.


Picture via Citizen Action of NY

An Open Letter on ESEA Reauthorization

Posted on: Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Opportunity to Learn Campaign and seven other organizations have penned an open letter about the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to Representative John Kline, chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The letter urges Rep. Kline and Sen. Alexander to refocus ESEA on its original, civil-rights purpose of addressing inequities in education funding.

Opportunity to Learn Campaign and seven other organizations have penned an open letter about the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to Representative John Kline, chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The letter urges Rep. Kline and Sen. Alexander to refocus ESEA on its original, civil-rights purpose of addressing inequities in education funding.

Journey for Justice Alliance Demands Equity in ESEA Reauthorization

Posted on: Monday March 9th, 2015

As Congressional debate around the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) continues, grassroots coalitions like the Journey for Justice Alliance are demanding that the act discard the failed and ineffective education policies of ESEA's current iteration, No Child Left Behind


Journey for Justice National Director Jitu Brown
speaking at the National Press Club

A Better Way to Measure Child Poverty

Posted on: Friday March 6th, 2015

As part of its ongoing KIDS COUNT project, The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a research brief on a new way to measure poverty, one that would help us more accurately understand how many students and their families could use extra supports and how our schools might be able to provide those additional resources.

Report Poverty RatesPoverty hurts children in many ways, and often prevents them from receiving the same level of educational opportunities as their better off peers.

What Will It Take to Build a National Movement for Education Justice?

Posted on: Wednesday March 4th, 2015

University of Massachusetts professor Mark Warren has published a valuable primer for understanding how our schools and students are impacted by broader inequalities in our society and how the seeds of an emerging education justice movement can take root and flourish into a political force to be reckoned with.


Mark Warren

Philly Organizers Limit Charter Expansion

Posted on: Monday March 2nd, 2015

No one was entirely happy with the Philadelphia School Reform Comission (SRC)'s vote last week to approve 5 new charter schools for the district (out of a total of 39 applicants), but for many of the protestors crowding the meeting room, the vote was at least a small victory to limit the financial burden charters have on Philadelphia's already financially struggling public schools.

No one was entirely happy with the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC)'s vote last week to approve five new charter schools for the district (out of a total of 39 applicants), but for many of the protestors crowding the meeting room, the vote was at least a small victory to limit the financial burden charters have on Philadelphia's already financially struggling public schools. 

How Our Schools Are Holding Black Girls Back

Posted on: Monday March 2nd, 2015

As attention increases for the problems facing young men of color in our nation's schools, the problems unique to young women of color still lack similar awareness. Cassie Schwerner, Vice President of Programs at the Schott Foundation, details these important issues in an op-ed for Time Magazine.


Cassie Schwerner, Schott Foundation
for Public Education

How Arkansas' Commitment to Fair School Funding Has Helped Students

Posted on: Wednesday February 25th, 2015

Following the landmark Lake View court case in Arkansas over a decade ago, the state has made huge strides in equalizing school funding and trying to give all students access to a great public education – but there's still room for improvement.

Following the landmark Lake View court case in Arkansas over a decade ago, the state has made huge strides in equalizing school funding and trying to give all students access to a great public education.

New Report, "Gubernatorial Delinquency," Documents Underfunding in NYC Schools

Posted on: Monday February 23rd, 2015

A report from the Alliance for Quality Education says NY Governor Andrew Cuomo owes New York City public schools $2,667 per student, which adds up to $2.5 billion worth of resources currently being withheld from the city's students, teachers and their schools.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo owes New York City public schools $2,667 per student. Given that NYC is the country's largest school district, that debt adds up to the tune of $2.5 billion worth of resources currently being withheld from students, teachers and their schools. 

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