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Newark Students Occupy School Board Meeting

Posted on: Thursday May 22nd, 2014

Members of the Newark Student Union shut down a school board meeting this week by holding a sit-in and refusing to leave the district building. They are demanding that the district adopt the Newark Promise plan that would support all students with additional school resources.

Newark, NJ, is a city at a crossroads. For the past several years under the direction of state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson, the school district has followed the national trend of requiring schools to make do with fewer resources and closing (or turning into charters) those that struggle.

Death by a Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage

Posted on: Wednesday May 21st, 2014

A new report from the Journey for Justice Alliance details how pervasive underfunding of public schools and policies like mass school closures and charter expansion are harming students in low-income communities of color – and what we can do instead to support all students.

Earlier this month at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court honoring the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report documenting how Brown's promise of equal opportunity is under attack in our nation's public schools.

Recap of the #Brownat60 National Week of Action

Posted on: Tuesday May 20th, 2014

This past Saturday was the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Parents, students and educators nationwide marked the anniversary with a National Week of Action to demand our country renew its commitment to Brown's vision of equity and opportunity in education.

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Now THAT is what you call a National Week of Action!
Recap, pictures and video from #Brownat60 nationwide events
and how you can stay involved!

Are You Coming to the #Brownat60 National Week of Action?

Posted on: Friday May 16th, 2014

May 17th marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Across the country, parents, students and educators are taking part in a National Week of Action to demand that our nation recommit to Brown's vision of equity in education by supporting each and every child with the resources and opportunities they need to achieve.

Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

Are You Coming to the National Week of Action?
Find a #Brownat60 event near you or join the action online!

May 13 Rally at the US Supreme Court

Posted on: Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, our nation's public schools are still separate and still unequal. On May 13, parents, students, educators and community members will rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demand that policymakers recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity embodied in the Brown decision.

Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

May 13 – Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court
Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All

Excellent Teachers for Each and Every Child: A Guide for State Policy

Publication Date: 
Sun, 2013-12-15
Type: 
Policy
Category: 
Highly Effective Teachers

A groundbreaking new OTL Campaign policy guide provides state lawmakers and education advocates with a blueprint for practical changes to improve teaching quality in America — one of the most critical factors to support student success. The guide recommends research-based policies and state models that have been highly effective in developing and sustaining talented and diverse teaching forces that prepare all students for college, career and life.

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Building High Quality Early Childhood Education Support Systems for Children and Families

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2014-05-05
Organization: 
Opportunity to Learn Campaign and Broader Bolder Approach to Education
Type: 
Policy
Category: 
Early Care and Education

This guide gives state policymakers and advocates a blueprint for developing better-coordinated, early support systems using a whole-child and whole-family approach. It provides lawmakers with concrete action steps for adapting the document's highlighted strategies to meet states’ various needs. The guide focuses on four areas for state policy: ensuring comprehensive pre- and post-natal maternal and infant support; enhancing quality of and access to child care; building strong, high quality early education systems; and cultivating cohesive early support systems. 

Download the full guide below or click here for a two-page summary.  

New OTL Policy Guide on Early Care and Education

Posted on: Monday May 5th, 2014

A new state policy guide from the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign and Opportunity Action gives state policymakers a blueprint for developing better-coordinated, early support systems.

New OTL State Policy Guide:
High Quality Early Education Systems for Children & Families

National Week of Action May 13-17

Posted on: Monday April 28th, 2014

Join the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools for a National Week of Action May 13-17 to mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Parents, students, educators and community members are organizing actions across the country to continue the struggle for racial and educational justice and win the public schools all our children deserve.

Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All – May 13-17, 2014

"Gag Order" Bars Educators From Talking About Standardized Tests

Posted on: Friday April 25th, 2014

A "gag order" in New York's contract with test-making giant Pearson bars teachers from talking publicly about mistakes they find on state tests. The American Federation of Teachers has launched a petition asking Pearson to remove the gag order from current and future contracts. Sign on!

Teachers in New York recently administered new Common Core-aligned standardized tests, but because of a "gag order" in the state's contract with test-making giant Pearson, the teachers are barred from talking publicly about any mistakes they find on the test.  

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