High Quality Early Education

May 13 Rally at the US Supreme Court

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, our nation's public schools are still separate and still unequal. On May 13, parents, students, educators and community members will rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demand that policymakers recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity embodied in the Brown decision.

Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

May 13 – Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court
Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All

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Building High Quality Early Childhood Education Support Systems for Children and Families

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2014-05-05
Type: 
policy
Category: 
early-care-education

This guide gives state policymakers and advocates a blueprint for developing better-coordinated, early support systems using a whole-child and whole-family approach. It provides lawmakers with concrete action steps for adapting the document's highlighted strategies to meet states’ various needs. The guide focuses on four areas for state policy: ensuring comprehensive pre- and post-natal maternal and infant support; enhancing quality of and access to child care; building strong, high quality early education systems; and cultivating cohesive early support systems. 

This guide gives state policymakers and advocates a blueprint for developing better-coordinated, early support systems using a whole-child and whole-family approach. It provides lawmakers with concrete action steps for adapting the document's highlighted strategies to meet states’ various needs. The guide focuses on four areas for state policy: ensuring comprehensive pre- and post-natal maternal and infant support; enhancing quality of and access to child care; building strong, high quality early education systems; and cultivating cohesive early support systems. 

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National Week of Action May 13-17

Join the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools for a National Week of Action May 13-17 to mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Parents, students, educators and community members are organizing actions across the country to continue the struggle for racial and educational justice and win the public schools all our children deserve.

Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All – May 13-17, 2014

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Partnerships, NOT Pushouts: New Policy Guide for School Boards

A new policy guide released today details how school board members can lead the way in securing a high quality education for each and every student in their district.

Partnerships, NOT Pushouts
New "Whole-Child" Policy Guide for School Board Members

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What Are Community Schools?

At the Community Schools National Forum in Cincinnati last week, top educators from the US and abroad learned about a powerful new model for supporting all students and improving our nation's schools. Check out pictures and video from the event!

The key to ensuring access to educational opportunity for each and every child is to build a strong public school at the heart of every community.

Across the nation, advocates are beginning to use the idea of a "community school" as a model for improving their local education systems. At the Community Schools National Forum in Cincinnati last week, top educators from the US and abroad learned about this powerful new model and how it could be scaled up nationally. 

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A Snapshot of the Nation's Education Inequities

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights released data from all of the nation's 97,000 public schools, offering the most complete snapshot of educational opportunity in America and shining a light on the deep inequities in access to resources like pre-k, college counselors, advanced courses and experienced teachers. 

That disparities exist in access to educational resources isn't news for advocates and organizers in the education debate. But sometimes it's worth revisiting the data or exploring new aspects of it to get a bigger, sharper picture of the issues so many parents, students and teachers are working to improve. 

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NY State Budget Is a Mix of Victories and Setbacks

This year's budget battle in New York State produced a mix of victories and setbacks for public education advocates. The Alliance for Quality Education published a fact sheet to explain how the funding increases, pre-k expansion and charter school supports will impact the fight for high quality education in the state.

The following press release was written by the Alliance for Quality Education, a NY-based OTL Campaign ally.

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2014

NY Allies Organize to Defend Pre-k and Fair School Funding

From protests to rallies to statewide actions, it's been an eventful winter for OTL allies in New York State. Here's a run down of the some of the inspiring events organizers have led to support their public schools and defend every student's right to resources like pre-k and fair school funding.

It's been an eventful winter for education organizers in New York State. Because there's been so much going on, here's a quick run down of some of the recent protests, rallies and other inspiring actions. 

AR Allies Set the Stage for Next Year's Pre-K Push

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.


Sen. Joyce Elliott (Arkansas Times)

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