Teachers are front and center in every classroom - but they're not front and center in the latest draft bill to reauthorize the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In fact, as OTL's Policy Director Joe Bishop explains in a new Huffington Post column, there are some serious gaps in the proposed legislation as far as teacher preparation is concerned.

OTL allies held a Twitter rally last week after Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she tried to justify the use of harsh discipline policies in schools.

Federal lawmakers seem to be getting serious about a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The OTL Campaign was proud to join over 100 grassroots community and labor groups this week to release an open letter to Congressional leaders urging them to support the development of full-service community schools, end the school-to-prison pipeline, halt federal funding for charter school expansion, and maintain the Title I program.

Rich schools are getting richer, and poor schools are getting poorer. That's the gist of new data released by the US Department of Education, highlighting just how inequitably we fund our nation's public schools. Over the past decade, the funding gap between schools in rich and poor communities has grown 44% to an average $1,500 per student.

A short video from the Southern Education Foundation demonstrates how school vouchers, which allow private schools to siphon tax payer money away from public schools, threaten our nation's system of public education while only benefiting a small, select group of students.

After months of intense organizing in Albany and across the state, education organizers in New York got a mix of victories and setbacks in the new state budget.

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