National

San Francisco Bans Suspensions for 'Willful Defiance'

Posted on: Wednesday February 26th, 2014

Following on the heels of Los Angeles, San Francisco has become the second California school dictrict to ban suspension for 'willful defiance'.

Following on the heels of Los Angeles, San Francisco Unified has become the second California school district to ban suspension for 'willful defiance'.

What's Missing from Your School? Join the Fight for Fair Funding!

Posted on: Friday February 21st, 2014

The Alliance for Quality Education and Campaign for Fiscal Equity are launching a statewide tour next week to document the disastrous impact of inequitable school funding. Check out the tour dates and locations and join the tour on Twitter with hashtag #CFETour.

What's missing from your school due to budget cuts or unfair school funding? Counselors, tutors, art classes, physical education, pre-k programs? Join OTL allies in New York State next week and add your voice to the call for fair school funding. 

St. Paul Teachers Threaten Strike to Defend "Schools Our Children Deserve"

Posted on: Friday February 21st, 2014

Teachers in St. Paul, MN, are taking a brave stand on behalf of their students. Backed by parents and community partners, the teachers threatened to strike not over pay but over resources like pre-k programs, school counselors and small class sizes.

If you haven't heard about the brave stand teachers are taking in St. Paul, MN, here's what's going on:

A Tale of Two States: Equity Outperforms Inequity

Posted on: Thursday February 13th, 2014

A new report details how New Jersey's fair school funding system, which dedicates more resources towards lower-income students, has helped the state beat out New York and become a model for ensuring equity and opportunity in education.

New York and New Jersey sit just on opposite sides of the Hudson River, but the two states are much further apart when it comes to investing in children and education.

Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession

Posted on: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

A new report shows that despite all the attention early education is getting from national and state policymakers, it still lacks the investments needed to build a robust system that serves all children. 

As the US recovers from the Great Recession, pre-k and early learning have moved into the national spotlight. Advocates, organizers and policymakers alike recognize the overwhelming benefits of early care and learning programs in boosting student achievement and closing achievement gaps.

MA Allies Help Draft Guidelines to Curb Suspensions

Posted on: Monday February 10th, 2014

OTL allies in Massachusetts played a huge role in passing a 2012 law known as Chapter 222 that required schools to provide educational resources to suspended students. Now, these same allies are playing a role in drafting state guidelines to help schools implement the new law.

OTL allies in Massachusetts played a huge role in passing a 2012 law known as Chapter 222 that required schools to provide continuing educational resources to suspended students. Now, these same allies are playing a role in drafting state guidelines to help schools implement the new law. Check out some of the recent media coverage of their work!

New York's 50 Most Underfunded School Districts

Posted on: Monday February 10th, 2014

In 2007, New York State adopted but failed to implement a fair school funding formula. A report from Alliance for Quality Education shows the gaps between what schools need and what the state is actually providing in aid.

In 2007, New York State adopted (but failed to implement) a Foundation Aid Formula that would have ensured equitable educational resources in districts across the state. A report from the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) shows the districts with the largest gaps between what they need in state funding aid and what the state is actually providing.

Our Children Are Not Collateral Damage

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2014-02-07

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. Don't miss this video from our grassroots ally Journey for Justice.

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you've been following our series of infographics on school closures, you know that closures disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

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Like Our Infographics? Watch Journey for Justice in Action

Posted on: Friday February 7th, 2014

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you like our infographics on school closures, don't miss this video from our grassroots ally Journey for Justice.

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you've been following our series of infographics on school closures, you know that closures disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

Is School Funding Fair in Your State?

Posted on: Thursday February 6th, 2014

What does "fair" school funding look like? What is it exactly that education advocates and organizers are calling for when they rally at state capitols demanding more money for their schools?