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.
Wraparound student supports
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Here's a case in point why fair school funding is so crucial to improving our nation's education system:
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.
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.
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.