Wraparound student supports

Struggling NYC Schools Will Get $150 Million Investment in Wraparound Supports

After years of hard work by local organizers fighting for better school resources, NYC Mayor Bill de Balsio announced the city will dedicate $150 million to equip 94 struggling schools with a broad spectrum of wraparound supports to help them improve. 

In an age of punitive school accountability systems and mass school closures, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio won his campaign in part by promising to realize a bold, new, community-driven vision for improving schools.

LGBTQ Youth and School Pushout

A new report from GSA Network and Crossroads Collaborative documents the discriminatory impact of harsh school discipline policies on LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students, including disparate discipline from school staff, higher levels of policing and surveillance and being blamed for their own victimization.

 

Harsh discipline policies play a huge, negative role in our nation's schools by alienating students from the classroom and pushing them down the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Stand With Philadelphia. Take a "Solidarity Selfie"!

Philadelphia's schools are under attack. Teachers and community members need your help. Take and share a "solidarity selfie" to show your support!

Philadelphia's schools are under attack.
Teachers and community members need your help.

Take and share a "solidarity selfie" to show your support!

NYC Students Lead City Council's Push for More School Counselors

Too many hardworking, talented students in our nation don't have access to college counselors in their schools. But thanks to the organizing work of some New York City students, the City Council's Committee on Education is putting access to school counselors front and center.


NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso speaking
at a Urban Youth Collaborative rally in support of
the City Council resolution. Photo via UYC.
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Democrats Can Win With A Public Education Agenda – By Fighting To Fund It

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

Public education could be the deciding issue in the elections this November. Recent polls show that voters don’t just value public education, they want candidates who will support classroom teachers and oppose funding cuts to public schools.

This post originally appeared on Education Opportunity Network's blog.

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Philly Schools Score Small Funding Victory - But It's Not Enough

After months of turmoil and uncertainty, Philadelphia's resource-starved schools finally caught a break: a new, stable source of funding. The Pennsylvania state senate authorized a city-level $2-per-pack cigarette tax that will raise $170 million for the city's schools each year.


Photo via Ron Tarver | Philly.com

Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls

An important new report from the National Women's Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund  details the harmful impact of racial and gender barriers that young women of color face in school and how our nation can (and must) do better by our girls.

In the past year, President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative has brought much needed attention to the issues facing young men of color in our nation's schools and communities and the need for systemic reforms to ensure these young men have equally opportunities to learn and succeed. 

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#WeCantWait Photo Campaign Shows What's Missing in Underfunded Schools

New York State owes its students billions in school funding it refuses to provide. A powerful photo campaign from the Alliance for Quality Education shows exactly what's missing from schools as a result.

New York State owes its students billions in school funding it refuses to provide. Now, a powerful photo campaign from the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) is showing exactly what's missing from schools as a result.

Back-to-School Protests & Voter Registration in Philly

Because Pennsylvania still lacks a fair school funding formula (and because state policymakers won't prioritize funding for Philadelphia's schools), parents, students and teachers kicked off the school year in the most appropriate way possible: with a week of protests and a voter registration drive!

Let My People VotePhiladelphia students headed back to school this month is the wake of yet another bruising political battle over how to fund the city's schools.

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