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Feds Launch Investigation into Discrimination in Newark's School Reform Plan

Posted on: Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will open a civil rights investigation looking at discrimination in the "One Newark" school reform plan.

Cami Anderson, the Superintendent of the state-controlled Newark Public Schools, is about to get some new company in her district. After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S.

OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board

Posted on: Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Longtime NYC parent organizers Zakiyah Ansari and Ocynthia Williams have been named to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Community Schools Advisory Board. Congrats Zakiyah and Ocynthia!


Zakiyah Ansari (left) of the Alliance for Quality
Education and Ocynthia Williams of United Parents of
Highbridgewere named to the Community Schools
Advisory Baord.

NY Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Gets Inequality "Completely Wrong"

Posted on: Wednesday July 16th, 2014

A new lawsuit in New York is challenging teacher tenure, but advocates and organizers point out that the case is merely a distraction from the real inequities that are hurting the state's public schools. Writing in the Times Union, Billy Easton (Alliance for Quality Education) and David Sciarra (Education Law Center) explain what the case gets right––and what it gets completely wrong.


David Sciarra (right) and Billy Easton at a press
conference in March presenting
findings from a
statewide fact-finding tour to document education
inequity in New York public schools.

Philly Students Deserve Better Than "Legislative Pingpong"

Posted on: Friday July 11th, 2014

Advocates and organizers in Philadelphia came close to scoring a victory for the city's public schools – only to have legislative tinkering get in the way.


Photo from organizers' multi-day sit-in at the state
capitol in late June. Via
Fight for Philly.

Advocates and organizers in Philadelphia came close to scoring a victory for the city's public schools – only to have legislative tinkering get in the way.

How Do We Get More Male Teachers of Color?

Posted on: Tuesday July 8th, 2014

By: Dr. Travis J. Bristol

There's no doubt that diversity at the front of the classroom is as important as having a diverse student body. But nationally Black men account for only about 2 percent of all public school teachers, and there is little research that explores these teachers’ experiences in schools.


Travis Bristol, author

Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-07-08
Author: 
Carol Miller Lieber
Organization: 
Educators for Social Responsibility
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations for Effective Development and Implementation of Personal Opportunity Plans by the Commonwealth, Districts, and Schools

Click here to download the 3-page Executive Summary.

This report contributes to the movement to shift from standards-based to supports-based reform that provides necessary resources so that every student has the opportunity to learn, succeed in school, and craft a productive future with the support of counselors, teachers, and personal advocates.

 

Three CA Districts Limit Police in Schools

Posted on: Monday June 30th, 2014

Alongside recent victories in Los Angeles and San Francisco that limited out-of-school suspensions, in the past year Oakland, Pasadena and San Francisco have all made sweeping changes to their rules for school police officers.

MS Ballot Initiative Calls for Fair School Funding

Posted on: Thursday June 26th, 2014

As part of the 50th Anniversary Freedom Summer conference, organizers in Mississippi are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would put the right to education and fair school funding in the state's constitution.


Photo via Kayleigh Skinner/The Hechinger Report

Help Tell The Story of How Education Advocates Won the NYC Mayoral Elections

Posted on: Wednesday June 25th, 2014

Education was a center-stage issue in the New York City 2013 mayoral election thanks to the hard work of advocates and organizers across the city. Now those advocates are making a film chronicling their victory and they need your help! Watch the teaser trailer for "Vision to Victory" and help support the film's production!

Education was a center-stage issue in the New York City 2013 mayoral election thanks to the hard work of advocates and organizers across the city. In the run up to the election, a powerful coalition emerged that engaged the community, shaped the debate and eventually helped elect Bill de Blasio to office. 

Now those advocates are making a film chronicling their victory and they need your help!

NYC To Invest $52 Million in Community Schools

Posted on: Wednesday June 25th, 2014

Over the next several years, New York City will invest $52 million to double the number of community schools in the city. These schools act as hubs for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents.

One of best ways to turnaround a struggling school is to transform it into a "community school," a hub for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents. In New York City, advocates and organizers have rallied around the idea of community schools and called for the city to expand the few programs that already exist.

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