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The Campaign for Fair Education Funding Kicks Off in PA

Posted on: Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Over 40 organizations helped launch The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, which is pushing for Pennsylvania to adopt a fair, sustainable funding system for the state's schools. Learn more about the campaign at www.fairfundingpa.org.

The momentum has been building for years, and now the fight for fair school funding in Pennsylvania has officially launched! Last week, over 40 organizations helped kick off The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, which is pushing for the state to adopt a fair, sustainable funding system for the state's schools. Read the press release below and learn more about the campaign at www.fairfundingpa.org

With 188K Signatures, Fair Funding Initiative Heads to MS Ballot

Posted on: Wednesday October 8th, 2014

After collecting more than 188,000 signatures, organizers in Mississippi have won a place on the state's November 2015 ballot for a fair school funding initiative.


Attorney Luther Munford helps bring in boxes of
signatures to file with the secretary of state. 
Photo via Better Schools, Better Jobs.

The Nation Features the New Movement for Education Justice

Posted on: Tuesday October 7th, 2014

"The havoc wreaked by so-called education reform has had the upside of crystallizing a movement of parents, teachers, school staffers and kids who are fighting for education justice."

Open the latest issue of The Nation to the special feature on education organizing, and it's hard not to feel like the tide is finally beginning to turn away from corporate-style education reform and towards the parents, students, teachers and communities fighting for equity in their schools. 

Improving School Climate by Supporting Great Teaching

Posted on: Monday October 6th, 2014

As part of an ongoing series of reports on school climate, the Alliance for Excellent Education partnered with the Opportunity to Learn Campaign to produce a guide on how our nation, states and cities can recruit, train and support the best teachers and get one at the front of every classroom.

There are three things that every classroom and every school needs to foster a positive climate that supports students and helps them learn: a rigorous curriculum, a safe school environment, and well-prepared and effective teachers. 

A Blueprint for 100 Community Schools in NYC

Posted on: Friday October 3rd, 2014

A new report from The Children's Aid Society and The New School shows the best way to bring NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision of 100 community schools to the city's students and their families.

CA Is First State to Ban Suspensions for Willful Defiance

Posted on: Thursday October 2nd, 2014

The national movement for school discipline reform has been growing rapidly in recent years, and especially so in California. This week, California became the first state to ban suspensions for "willful defiance" for K-3 students.

The Fight for Public Education: Coming to a School Near You!

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-09-30

Philadelphia's schools opened at the start of this school year in the midst of a funding crisis. While state lawmakers dragged their heels on a proposed cigarette tax to provide money for the city's schools, parents, students and teachers took to the streets for a week of protests to demand the full, fair funding their schools deserve. The Media Mobilizing Project captured the week of protests in this great new video.

Philadelphia's schools opened at the start of this school year in the midst of a funding crisis. While state lawmakers dragged their heels on a proposed cigarette tax to provide money for the city's schools, parents, students and teachers took to the streets for a week of protests to demand the full, fair funding their schools deserve. The Media Mobilizing Project captured the week of protests in this great new video:

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NYC Students Lead City Council's Push for More School Counselors

Posted on: Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Too many hardworking, talented students in our nation don't have access to college counselors in their schools. But thanks to the organizing work of some New York City students, the City Council's Committee on Education is putting access to school counselors front and center.


NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso speaking
at a Urban Youth Collaborative rally in support of
the City Council resolution. Photo via UYC.

Democrats Can Win With A Public Education Agenda – By Fighting To Fund It

Posted on: Thursday September 25th, 2014

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

Public education could be the deciding issue in the elections this November. Recent polls show that voters don’t just value public education, they want candidates who will support classroom teachers and oppose funding cuts to public schools.

This post originally appeared on Education Opportunity Network's blog.

Philly Schools Score Small Funding Victory - But It's Not Enough

Posted on: Wednesday September 24th, 2014

After months of turmoil and uncertainty, Philadelphia's resource-starved schools finally caught a break: a new, stable source of funding. The Pennsylvania state senate authorized a city-level $2-per-pack cigarette tax that will raise $170 million for the city's schools each year.


Photo via Ron Tarver | Philly.com
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