Nikhil Goyal, 18-year-old author of Once Size Does Not Fit All and all-around amazing young voice fighting for public education, gave a must-watch speech last weekend at the One Voice United rally in Albany, NY.
Nothing good happens in Wisconsin's Capitol between bar time and breakfast. Majority members of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) proved that last Wednesday in the wee hours of the morning by passing a budget that puts devotion to political dogma ahead of the futures of our children.
The BUILD Initiative recently invited teams from eight states across the country to participate in a two-day “mock grant opportunity" focused on developing state-level plans to eliminate disparities in young children's access to health services. Ensuring all students are healthy and ready for school is a key part of closing the opportunity gap in education.
When the student organizers from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) aren't out protesting high-stakes testing and school closures in their city, they're fighting for fair discipline in their schools. In particular, they've started campaigning this past week to end disparate discipline policies in Chicago's charter schools.
Students in Oregon are going to be seeing a lot fewer expulsions in coming years thanks to the advocacy efforts of the Portland Parent Union. A new law that goes into effect July 2014 removes mandatory expulsion requirements from the state's school discipline statute.
The Federal Equity and Excellence Commission's bold report, For Each and Every Child, touches on everything from fair funding and early education to teacher preparation and school discipline. How do you wrap all that together into a movement and organize for change in your community? On June 19th at 2 p.m. Eastern, the OTL Campaign is hosting a free webinar to answer exactly that question. Sign up!
20 years after Massachusetts passed the Education Reform Act of 1993, Citizens for Public Schools, an OTL ally, took a long hard look at the results of that law to find the state still has a ways to go toward ensuring equity and opportunity for all Massachusetts students.
The Chicago Public Schools district's pressure on schools to raise test scores actually leads to students getting pushed out of school. Many of the juniors who were demoted at my school started talking about dropping out because it was such a discouraging experience.
Philadelphia public schools are facing a "doomsday" budget next year after the School Reform Commission (SRC) approved drastic cuts that will force schools to open next fall without basic things like new books and paper, counselors, librarians or assistant principals. These cuts are part of a vicious cycle of underfunding and punishment of struggling schools, one that is drawing students, parents and teachers to the streets in protest.
How do you explain the opportunity gap to someone who isn't familiar with the education debate? Just show them this new video from the OTL Campaign! (P.S. There's a special cameo from internet star Kid President!)
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