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The Segregated Diversity of America's Schools

At the same time that our nation's public schools are becoming more diverse, they are also growing more segregated. An interactive mapping project from the Urban Institute gives a powerful visual of the extent to which our public schools don't reflect the changing demographics of the country.

At the same time that our nation's public schools are becoming more diverse, they are also growing more segregated. An interactive mapping project from the Urban Institute gives a powerful visual of the extent to which our public schools don't reflect the changing demographics of the country.

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Schools Not Prisons: #DoTheMath

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A powerful short video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A powerful short video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

Watch the video below!

Putting a Price Tag on Expanding Opportunity

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy have launched a new project to put a firm price tag on what it would take to finally close the opportunity gap gap and ensure all students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed

Massachusetts routinely leads the nation in test scores and high school graduation rates. But the state isn't immune to the same opportunity gaps (and resulting achievement gaps) that hinder students across the country, particularly students of color and students from low-income communities.

Student-Centered Learning with a POP

Personalized learning might be hard to imagine in today's world of high-stakes testing and punitive accountability systems, but a new report shows how we could use "Personal Opportunity Plans (POPs)" to move our public education system in a new direction.

Here's How We Get Student-Centered Learning Right
A Blueprint for Developing "Personal Opportunity Plans"

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Lynn Community Takes Stand for Immigrant Students

The small city of Lynn, MA, has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate. On July 22, dozens of local parents, students and community members rallied on the steps of Lynn City Hall to protest city officials trying to scapegoat young immigrant students for the ails of a long-underfunded school system.

For education advocates and organizers, the small city of Lynn, MA, (just a short drive north of Boston) has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate.

KIDS COUNT Data Book: Only "Fragile Progress" in 25 Years

In the 25 years since the start of the Annie E. Cassie Foundation's KIDS COUNT project, America has made only "fragile progress" in improving the well-being of and opportunities available to young children and students.

In the 25 years since the start of the Annie E. Cassie Foundation's KIDS COUNT project, America has made only "fragile progress" in improving the well-being of and opportunities available to young children and students. 

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Feds Launch Investigation into Discrimination in Newark's School Reform Plan

After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will open a civil rights investigation looking at discrimination in the "One Newark" school reform plan.

Cami Anderson, the Superintendent of the state-controlled Newark Public Schools, is about to get some new company in her district. After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S.

OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board

Longtime NYC parent organizers Zakiyah Ansari and Ocynthia Williams have been named to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Community Schools Advisory Board. Congrats Zakiyah and Ocynthia!


Zakiyah Ansari (left) of the Alliance for Quality
Education and Ocynthia Williams of United Parents of
Highbridgewere named to the Community Schools
Advisory Baord.

NY Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Gets Inequality "Completely Wrong"

A new lawsuit in New York is challenging teacher tenure, but advocates and organizers point out that the case is merely a distraction from the real inequities that are hurting the state's public schools. Writing in the Times Union, Billy Easton (Alliance for Quality Education) and David Sciarra (Education Law Center) explain what the case gets right––and what it gets completely wrong.


David Sciarra (right) and Billy Easton at a press
conference in March presenting
findings from a
statewide fact-finding tour to document education
inequity in New York public schools.

Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-07-08
Author: 
Carol Miller Lieber
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations for Effective Development and Implementation of Personal Opportunity Plans by the Commonwealth, Districts, and Schools

This report contributes to the movement to shift from standards-based to supports-based reform that provides necessary resources so that every student has the opportunity to learn, succeed in school, and craft a productive future with the support of counselors, teachers, and personal advocates.

 

Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations for Effective Development and Implementation of Personal Opportunity Plans by the Commonwealth, Districts, and Schools

Click here to download the 3-page Executive Summary.

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