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In Part 2 of the ongoing series "A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools," filmmaker Phoebe Ferguson chronicles how the city's struggling public schools were seized by the state following Katrina and handed over to private, charter school operators. Now, in the nation's first all-charter school district, New Orleans parents and students must contend with the failures of this massive experiment in "school choice." Too many schools continue to struggle, deprived of the resources they need to give all kids the educational opportunities they deserve.
In early October 2014, parents, students, teachers and community members attended a summit hosted by the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign. Watch this great video from the event and meet the dedicated members of this statewide campaign fighting for great public schools for all Arkansas students.
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.
In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A new video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.
"A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools" is the first in series of short videos that reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation's first all charter school district. It details the illegal takeover and the academic failure of The Recover School District. The film, which was directed by Phoebe Ferguson and Dr. Raynard Sanders, features interviews with leaders in the New Orleans education community who were faced with the daunting task of reopening schools immediately following Hurricane Katrina.
This May marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, but nationwide many students of color are still held back by an inequitable education system. In particularly, they are dispropotionately affected by the mass school closures that are taking place in cities across the country. On a recent episode of the Melissa Harris-Perry show, Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director of the Advancement Project, spoke about the resegregation of our nation's schools and the Title IV compliants her organization helped file to protest school closures in New Orleans, Newark and Chicago.
The first video in a three-part series, "Revival From the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools" follows Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and Hellen Gym, parent and education advocate, as they hear firsthand from students, parents and teachers fighting to turn around public education from the bottom up.
Students from Utica, NY, are organizing with OTL allies across the state to support their public schools and fight for fair school funding. Here's what they have to say!
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.
On December 9, 2013, parents, students, teachers and community members from over 60 cities across the country participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.