Pennsylvania's Opportunity Gap
Thousands of students in Philadelphia staged a massive, city-wide walkout recently to protest the under-resourcing of their schools and school closures. A number of OTL allies participated in the event, including the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change, two of the largest student organizing groups in the city.
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In a recent segment, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin referred to an OTL Campaign infographic showing the disparate impact of school closures on students of color and students from low-income families. He also highlighted the work of organizers in Philly fighting for their public schools.Read more >
As Pennsylvania legislators returned to session on September 23rd, they were greeted at the Capitol by advocates representing 40 districts across the state holding a press conference. The event, organized by Education Voters of Pennsylvania (an OTL ally) and several other groups, focused on demanding that policymakers support the creation of an equitable school funding formula.Read more >
The tragic death of a sixth-grade Philadelphia student illustrates the dire need to ensure that every child has access to quality health and wellness services at school.Read more >
Mass school closures are the "shock doctrine" of the education world. But parents, students, teachers and communities are fighting back to ensure their public schools receive the investments and supports they need to succeed.Read more >
A coalition of parents, students, community members and faith leaders in Philadelphia is threatening to boycott the start of the school year if the district doesn't receive the funds it needs to safely open and staff the city's public schools.Read more >
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