Fair and Just School Climate

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

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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.

Philly Students Stage City-Wide Walkout

Thousands of students in Philadelphia are staging a massive, city-wide walkout today to protest the under-resourcing of their schools and school closures. A number of OTL allies are participating in the event, including the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change, two of the largest student organizing groups in the city. Follow #walkout215 on Twitter for for live updates!

Thousands of students in Philadelphia are staging a massive, city-wide walkout today to protest the under-resourcing of their schools and school closures. A number of OTL allies are participating in the event, including the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change, two of the largest student organizing groups in the city.

Bringing the Equity Commission to America's Classrooms: A Webinar for Educators

Mark your calendars for an exciting, free webinar on Wed. May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. (ET) hosted by the Center for Teaching Quality, OTL Campaign, National Education Association, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

Bringing the Equity Commission to America's Classrooms:
A Webinar for Educators

Wednesday, May 22nd at 7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific

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