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New Infographic: Alternatives to School Closures

You can't improve a school by closing it. Here's what you can do instead. This is the final part of the OTL Campaign's infographic series on the issue of mass school closures.

Public schools are the heart of every community, a place where the next generation of doctors, engineers, writers and artists learn and grow. They are where parents, teachers and community members come together to support their children and invest in their futures.

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Philly Students Lead Citywide Assembly on Education

On February 1, the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change led a citywide assembly to talk about education in Philadelphia and what students can do to protect and fight for their public schools.

On February 1, youth leaders with the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) and Youth United for Change led a citywide assembly to talk about education in Philadelphia and what students can do to protect and fight for their public schools. 

"Making Education Work for Latinas"

A new report from the Civil Rights Project shines a light on the educational experiences of young Latinas and how parents, teachers and schools can encourage more of them to stay in school and continue on to college.

In an education debate that often focuses on young men, the particular challenges that young women face can often be ignored.

Making Education Work for Latinas

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-02-04
Author: 
Dr. Patricia Gandara
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

From the Civil Rights Project: "Although Latinas complete college at almost twice the rate as their male counterparts, they trail all other women by significant percentages. The fact that two-thirds of Latinas come from low-income families and that many people continue to hold negative stereotypes about Latinas result in unique challenges for these young women. This student found a number of important levels for improving educational outcomes for Latinas that suggest potential actionable policies." Click below for the summary and recommendations and click here for the full report. 

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Reclaim the Promise! Day of Action Recap

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2014-02-03

On December 9, 2013, parents, students, teachers and community members from over 60 cities across the country participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

On December 9, parents, students, teachers and community members from over 60 cities across the country participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. This is what happens when an education movement unites: 

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Obama's Opportunity Agenda Starts with Public Education

Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this week’s State of the Union address. President Obama rightfully pushed for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, and extended unemployment insurance as immediate steps that can be taken to help Americans right away.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education, the OTL Campaign's parent organization, released the below State of the Union response.

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What Restorative Justice Can–and Should–Look Like

Students from Oakland, CA, participate in a restorative justice circle in their classroom a show how school discipline reform can foster strong, supportive school communities.

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-01-28

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

Student Organizers Shine at Albany Rally

At a recent rally for fair school funding in New York State, students gave powerful testimony in front of 1,500 protesters gathered at the state capitol. Watch some of the video clips and be inspired!

Students are a force to be reckoned with in the movement to improve our nation's public schools, and the OTL Campaign is proud to stand with so many dedicated young leaders. At a recent rally in Albany, NY, students gave powerful testimony in front of 1,500 protesters gathered at the state capitol to demand fair school funding.

WI Should Invest Surplus in Kids

By Tom Beebe, Opportunity to Learn - Wisconsin

Policymakers in Wisconsin should use the projected budget surplus $900 million to invest in schools and students and make up for years of budget cuts.

Wisconsin has a $900 million budget surplus.

In part, and in one of the great injustices in state history, it was built on the backs of over 800,000 children in our public schools.

The moral and equitable thing to do is begin fixing the damage that was done to our public schools and at least make a down-payment on the cuts of the past.

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