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Arkansas's Opportunity Gap
Over 200 members of the Arkansas OTL Campaign made their way to Little Rock an Education Advocacy Day! Their goal: show their support for education reforms that provide every student with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn and highlight the progress the state has made in the past decade by implementing sound, research-based policies. Read more here!
A rally at the Arkansas capitol building turned into an impromptu victory party as organizers and supporters received word that the bill they were protesting, House Bill 1733 had been withdrawn from consideration in the legislative session. The bill would have transferred control of struggling districts to private organizations and left these districts and the communities they serve without a voice in school reform efforts.Read more >
Following the landmark Lake View court case in Arkansas over a decade ago, the state has made huge strides in equalizing school funding and trying to give all students access to a great public education – but there's still room for improvement.Read more >
On October 3rd and 4th I had the great honor to attend the 3rd annual Arkansas OTL Summit. Arkansas' organizers and advocates really know how to put on a show!Read more >
The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. To say they're contentious is to put it mildly. Admist a nationwide backlash, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a member of the Arkansas OTL Campaign, has released a short guide for parents to answer some of the biggest questions about the Common Core and its impact on their children's schools.Read more >
OTL allies in Arkansas came close to securing more funding for the state's pre-k program this year, but unfortunately will have to try again in the next budget season. Despite the nationwide push to expand pre-k access, AR legislators instead put more funding towards expanding the state's prison system.Read more >
Jerri Derlikowski Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Oct 2013
The quality of school facilities can have a major impact on the education that our children receive and whether they succeed in school. Research, court decisions, and states have long recognized that disparities in access to basic school facilities can lead to differences in educational outcomes, especially for low-income students. This brief makes the case that state funding for school facilities in Arkansas should be increased to meet the needs of all districts. The official standards, that facilities need only be warm, safe, and dry, is not good enough.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Jul 2013
The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, May 2013
The Arkansas OTL Campaign has had an eventful first year and has drawn wide attention to a variety of education issues from fair funding to school discipline. A report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), an AR OTL member, details the impact and success advocates have had in pushing for systemic change and opportunity for all.
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