New York's Opportunity Gap
In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities and implementing positive school discipline policies.
Read the Task Force's report here!
Now a new poll from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Center for Popular Democracy shows voters are aware of and want to fix many of the issues that plague the charter school industry, such as lack of financial transparency and student pushout.Read more >
Education organizers in New York City celebrated when then-mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio promised to create 100 new community schools to better meet the out-of-school needs of the city's children. Now, just over a year into his term as mayor, de Blasio's administration is upping that number to 200 community schools by 2017.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
Chanting "We Can't Wait!" and marching through downtown Albany, over 2,000 teachers, advocates, parents, and students rallied last Wednesday for an increase in state funding for public schools. Despite a 2006 ruling from the New York state supreme court that held that New York had failed to provide public schools with adequate educational resources under the state constitution, many schools have yet to receive the required level of funding.Read more >
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