Fair and Just School Climate

Are We There Yet? College and Career Readiness Report Card

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-02
Type: 
reports

This report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar. The report card finds that the state is moving in the right direction only in expanding access to pre-K and creating community schools. Otherwise, New York's policymakers are failing to ensure equity for all students in areas like expanded learning time, providing challenging and engaging curriculum, school climate, and school funding. Providing these resources and opportunities are the standards by which every state and and policymaker should be held accountable.

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MA OTL Allies: What's Next for Massachusetts?

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?

Twenty Years After Ed Reform, What's Next for MA?
New research from Citizens for Public Schools on how Massachusetts
and the nation can ensure equity and excellence for all students

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."

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Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

Sign on and add your voice!

Chicago Students Take On Charter Pushout

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.

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.

Oregon Rolls Back Zero-Tolerance

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.

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 member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), an OTL ally. A just-passed new law that goes into effect July 2014 removes mandatory expulsion requirements from the state's school discipline statute. 

20 Years After Ed Reform, MA Still Has a Ways To Go

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.

It's been 20 years since Massachusetts (often regarded as a leader in education policy) passed the Education Reform Act of 1993.

Twenty Years After Education Reform: Choosing a Path Forward to Equity and Excellence For All

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-06-11
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

20 years after Massachusetts (often lauded as a leader in education policy) 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 ensure equity and opportunity for all Massachusetts students. [Executive summary available below. Download the full report here.]

Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2013-06-03
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities and implementing positive discipline strategies.

A Proposal for Sustainable School Transformation

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-05-23
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

In an age of mass school school closings, "A Proposal for Sustainable School Transformation" has been held up as a model of smart policy by organizers fighting for the resources and opportunities to support their local schools. It advocates for a strong focus on school culture, curriculum and staffing, and wrap-around supports for children.

In an age of mass school school closings, "A Proposal for Sustainable School Transformation" has been held up as a model of smart policy by organizers fighting for the resources and opportunities to support their local schools. It advocates for a strong focus on school culture, curriculum and staffing, and wrap-around supports for children.

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59 Years After Brown vs. Board, an "Education Spring" Is Here

May 17th is the 59th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Decades later, students, parents, teacher and advocates are still fighting against education policies that leave students of color and low-income students deprived of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. But a grassroots revolution is brewing, what blogger Jeff Bryant has been calling an "education spring," and this past week has seen headline-grabbing victories and inspiring actions.

Today is the 59th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Almost six decades later, students, parents, teachers and advocates across the country are still fighting against education policies that leave students of color and low-income students deprived of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.

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