In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama returned repeatedly to the theme of "we the people" and the ever-more-inclusive nature of that "we" in our nation.
Teaching Quality Supports
The following is an open letter to President Obama from the Coalition for Teaching Qualtiy, a broad-based coalition of 93 local, state and national organizations (full list below), including the OTL Campaign, requesting a report on the distribution of teachers by state.
April 30, 2013
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20500
Top-down pressure from federal education policies such as Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind, bolstered by organized advocacy efforts, is making a popular set of market-oriented education “reforms” look more like the new status quo than real reform. Reformers assert that test-based teacher evaluation, increased access to charter schools, and the closure of “failing” and under-enrolled schools will boost at-risk students’ achievement and narrow longstanding race- and income-based achievement gaps. This new report from the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education examines these assertions by comparing the impacts of these reforms in three large urban school districts – Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago – with student and school outcomes over the same period in other large, high-poverty urban districts. The report finds that the reforms deliver few benefits, often harm the students they purport to help, and divert attention from a set of other, less visible policies with more promise to weaken the link between poverty and low educational attainment.
National School Boards Association Votes for
Resolution to Prevent Out-of-School Suspensions
New OTL Policy Guide Highlights Successful District Reforms
OTL ally Linda Darling-Hammond was on the Melissa Harris-Perry show last weekend talking about the dangers of high-stakes testing and the recent testing cheating scandal in the Atlanta public school district.
There are three full clips devoted to the discussion – don't miss any of them!
It’s a conventional wisdom among Democrats to write off the state of Texas as a land of gun wielding troglodytes who genuflect to Rush Limbaugh and swill Fox News Kool-Aid. (Full disclosure: I was born and raised in the Lone Star State.)
Megan Allen is a 5th grade teacher and the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year. Below is her powerful testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on February 21, 2013. She speaks passionately about the life-changing supports schools and teachers should be able to offer struggling students and about the need to safeguard those supports from budget cuts and the looming Sequester.