Wraparound student supports

New Infographic: The Cycle of School Closures

School closures are both a symptom and a cause of perpetuated inequality, and they leave students of color and those in low-income families without access to the educational resources they deserve. Here is how the Cycle of School Closures works.

Mass school closures have become a popular, "quick fix" for policymakers trying to address struggling schools and budget crises – despite the lack of evidence that closures save money or even improve opportunities for students.

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PA Gov. Cancels School Visit to Avoid Protesters

PA Gov. Corbett was set to visit Central High School in Philadelphia, but made a last minute schedule change. The students, teachers and parents who planned to protest his visit are calling it a victory.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was set to visit Central High School in Philadelphia, but made a last minute schedule change, and the students, teachers and parents who planned to protest his visit are calling it a victory. 

AR OTL Lays Out Next Steps for Improving Arkansas Education

Education organizers in Arkansas held a press conference at the state capitol highlighting the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and how additional reforms like pre-k and afterschool programs can help all students succeed.

The Arkansas OTL Campaign held a press conference in December as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. Advocates and organizers spoke at the state capitol about the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and what work there is left to do to ensure every student has access to a quality education.

Boston Students Meet with New Mayor on Education

Following a Town Hall event that was part of the Deceber 9 National Day of Action, student organizers in Boston met with Mayor Marty Walsh to present solutions for improving the city's schools.

As part of the National Day of Action, hundreds of Boston students, parents, teachers and advocates participated in a Town Hall on December 9 to discuss how to improve Boston Public Schools. The next day, students got a chance to present feedback from the Town Hall in a meeting with new Mayor Marty Walsh and his transition team. 

The Beginning Of An End To Sanction-Driven Education?

Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

Zero-tolerance school discipline policies and high-stakes testing go hand-in-hand to create the school-to-prison pipeline. Are these policies finally starting to fall out of favor?

Last week, the Obama administration took an important step for the well-being of the nation’s youth – especially those who are of racial minorities – by issuing new guidelines that many hope will shut down what has come to be known as “the school-to-prison pipeline.”

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Jan. 14: No More Excuses Rally in Albany

Parents, students, teachers and advocates from across New York State will rally in Albany to demand fair school funding and universal pre-k. Follow #NoMoreExcuses on Twitter for updates!

The Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action NY will be hosting a rally in Albany, NY, on Jan. 14. "No More Excuses, Educate Every Student" will bring together students, parents, teachers and advocates from around the state to demand fair school funding and universal access to pre-k for all students. 

Investing in the Future

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and OTL Campaign have released a powerful new tool for education organizers and advocates that highlights how states can raise revenue to fund schools fairly and ensure every student has a quality education.

Investing in the Future

Investing in the Future: Revenue Options to Give
Every Child the Opportunity to Learn

New Report is Powerful Advocacy Tool for Fair School Funding

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"Our Schools Are Not For Sale"

OTL allies from the Philadelphia Student Union are featured in several recent media stories that showcase how these young organizers have become some of the strongest voices in the movement for educational equity in their city and nationwide.

With public schools under attack across the nation, it is inspiring to see just how many organizers (many of them students!) are attending rallies, school board meetings and press conferences to defend of their schools and demand the resources and opportunities every student deserves.

Advice for Boston's New Mayor on Education

Warren Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, has some advice for Boston's Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh: to improve the city's schools, focus on equity and wraparound student supports.

Warren Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, has some advice for Boston's Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh: to improve the city's schools and ensure every student has a great education, he should focus on equity and providing access to a robust web of wraparound student supports. 

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