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Jul10
The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book looks at key indicators of child well-being in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The report provides a crucial analysis of the factors affecting children outside the classroom, and what our country should do to close the opportunity gap and help all children succeed.
Jul08
No state—especially one that is considered to be a national leader—should accept the status quo where race, ethnicity or gender can predict a student's chances for success. Massachusetts needs to focus on early education, eliminating education inequities, and investing in public universities.
Jul02
A new report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar.
Jun27
June marked the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Education Reform Act in Massachusetts. Because the Bay State is often regarded as a leader in national education policy, it's worth considering: How has Massachusetts fared in helping students succeed, and where is there room for improvement?
Jun27
On June 18th, the 20th anniversary of the signing of MA's Education Reform Act of 1993, three organizations hosted a panel discussion for nearly 100 attendees at the Boston Bar Association to reflect on how far the state has come and discuss the many opportunities that exist for making innovative and meaningful progress.
Jun27
Months of protests by education and community organizers are unifying diverse factions across the nation in an effort to reverse education policy mandates and bolster public schools instead of punishing them and closing them down. The "Education Spring" has not gone unnoticed by people at the centers of policy, power and opinion in Washington.
Jun25
In the education world, there are a lot of issues to debate, from school funding and pre-K access to school discipline and teaching quality. On June 19th, the OTL Campaign held a webinar for organizers to discuss messaging strategies for building successful, multi-issue campaigns in their states and communities. Click to watch the video!
Jun18
On Tuesday, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released a nationwide review of teacher preparation programs that seeks to discredit the country’s entire system of university-based teacher preparation programs. Let’s review the 5 key reasons why NCTQ isn’t exactly the most credible authority on the subject of teacher preparation.
Jun18
After twelve years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City schools have become a disturbing poster child for the punitive use and abuse of high-stakes tests. Now, with Bloomberg stepping down at the end of his term, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools (NY-GPS) has released a plan to help the next mayor chart a new direction in both testing and accountability.
Jun17
The Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP), an OTL ally, is hosting an end of the year celebration next week on June 27th from 5-8 PM. Come celebarte BYOP's victories and discover what this great group has been up to over the past year!

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