High Quality Early Education

What's Missing from Your School? Join the Fight for Fair Funding!

The Alliance for Quality Education and Campaign for Fiscal Equity are launching a statewide tour next week to document the disastrous impact of inequitable school funding. Check out the tour dates and locations and join the tour on Twitter with hashtag #CFETour.

What's missing from your school due to budget cuts or unfair school funding? Counselors, tutors, art classes, physical education, pre-k programs? Join OTL allies in New York State next week and add your voice to the call for fair school funding. 

St. Paul Teachers Threaten Strike to Defend "Schools Our Children Deserve"

Teachers in St. Paul, MN, are taking a brave stand on behalf of their students. Backed by parents and community partners, the teachers threatened to strike not over pay but over resources like pre-k programs, school counselors and small class sizes.

If you haven't heard about the brave stand teachers are taking in St. Paul, MN, here's what's going on:

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Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession

A new report shows that despite all the attention early education is getting from national and state policymakers, it still lacks the investments needed to build a robust system that serves all children. 

As the US recovers from the Great Recession, pre-k and early learning have moved into the national spotlight. Advocates, organizers and policymakers alike recognize the overwhelming benefits of early care and learning programs in boosting student achievement and closing achievement gaps.

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New Infographic: Alternatives to School Closures

You can't improve a school by closing it. Here's what you can do instead. This is the final part of the OTL Campaign's infographic series on the issue of mass school closures.

Public schools are the heart of every community, a place where the next generation of doctors, engineers, writers and artists learn and grow. They are where parents, teachers and community members come together to support their children and invest in their futures.

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Reclaim the Promise! Day of Action Recap

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Mon, 2014-02-03

On December 9, 2013, parents, students, teachers and community members from over 60 cities across the country participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

On December 9, parents, students, teachers and community members from over 60 cities across the country participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. This is what happens when an education movement unites: 

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Only One Out of Three Kids Read Proficiently by Fourth Grade

66 percent of all fouth-graders, and 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families, are not reading at grade level.  

The end of third grade marks an important transition when young students move from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." However, 66 percent of all fouth-graders, and 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families, are not reading at grade level. 

A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count project shows the statistics for fourth-grade reading proficiency by race, family income, English learner status, disability and school poverty rate.

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Early Reading Proficiency in the US: Kids Count Data Snapshot

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Tue, 2014-01-28
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The end of third grade marks an important transition when young students move from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." However, 66 percent of all fouth-graders, and 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families, are not reading at grade level.

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AR OTL Lays Out Next Steps for Improving Arkansas Education

Education organizers in Arkansas held a press conference at the state capitol highlighting the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and how additional reforms like pre-k and afterschool programs can help all students succeed.

The Arkansas OTL Campaign held a press conference in December as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. Advocates and organizers spoke at the state capitol about the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and what work there is left to do to ensure every student has access to a quality education.

Advice for Boston's New Mayor on Education

Warren Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, has some advice for Boston's Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh: to improve the city's schools, focus on equity and wraparound student supports.

Warren Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, has some advice for Boston's Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh: to improve the city's schools and ensure every student has a great education, he should focus on equity and providing access to a robust web of wraparound student supports. 

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Pre-K Is Worth Investing In – Here's Why

A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed tried to argue pre-k isn't worth investing in. But in a must-read rebuttal, ReadyNation fact checks the op-ed and highlights the well-documented benefits of pre-k and the vital role it plays in closing the opportunity gap.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed that tried to make the case that we shouldn't bother investing in pre-k because it's "of no educational value and the cost would be staggering." Many advocates of early education, including the OTL Campaign, would of course beg to differ.

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