OTL partners in communities across the country are supporting fair taxes—and celebrating Tax Day as the day we pool our resources to build a better tomorrow. Year after year, generations of Americans have invested in education, health and safety so we can all enjoy economic security.
Advocates rallied in Albany, NY to encourage the state’s legislature and Governor to restore education funding. The budget passed on March 31 and included drastic cuts in education funding while leaving New York’s wealthiest untouched. Click here to read the news coverage.
The Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA) called on U.S. policymakers to address Opportunity to Learn concerns, such as directing federal funds to enhance school equity, in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In a statement titled "All Children Deserve the Opportunity to Learn," the education, civil rights and other leaders also called on the new National Commission on Education Equity and Excellence, announced by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and beginning its deliberations today, to adopt FEA's recommendations.
The Alliance for Quality Education issued a report today titled Unequal Opportunity = Unequal Results. During his campaign for governor Andrew Cuomo asserted that, “There are two education systems in this state. Not public-private. One for the rich and one for the poor and they are both public systems.” Based on the findings of the report AQE warned that large cuts to education in next week’s Executive Budget would increase educational inequity and would hurt students living in poverty and students of color the most.
Over two hundred Arkansans converged in Little Rock on November 12 and 13 for the first Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit with the goal of creating strategies for improving education and closing the gap in learning opportunities between Arkansas students. The two day event was born out of the shared concern of several organizations, such as the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, and the Schott Foundation for Public Education, regarding the significant “opportunity to learn” gap between low-income and minority children and their higher-income, white counterparts. These affected children are missing out on opportunities to help them succeed in both school and life.
They called on the Obama Administration and Congress to revamp the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by leveraging federal resources available to all states. As a part of extending an opportunity to learn as a right, the leaders asked the President to demand and support universal access to early education for students in all states. They also seek to ensure that all students have access to highly effective teachers. Read more.
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA is a community of 36 Christian communions with a combined membership of 45 million persons in more than 100,000 congregations across this country. Our member churches – from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches – do not agree on all things! We stand united, however, in our conviction that the church is called to speak for justice in public education.