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"They Took the Future Out of the Budget!"

"Project 2012: Ending the Education Apocalypse" is the most awesome piece of student activism you'll see all week, guaranteed. Students from Youth United for Change, PhillyCAM and Art Factory produced this short "docu-music video" chronicling the effects of school closures on students, teachers and communities.

Things aren't looking great for public education in Pennsylvania, particularly in Philadelphia where budget cuts and a push for privatization are threatening the mere existence of the city's public schools. City education officials are currently considering a restructuring plan that would close 64 schools, downside the central district offices, and restructure the remaining schools into "achievement networks," some of which would be handed over to charter management organizations.

A Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting a Human Rights Framework for Schools

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-08-01
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

The Dignity in Schools Campaign Model Code on Education and Dignity presents a set of recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education, dignity, participation and freedom from discrimination. The Code is the culmination of several years of research and dialogue with students, parents, educators, advocates and researchers who came together to envision a school system that supports all children and young people in reaching their full potential.

Good Idea: MA Won't Deny Suspended Students Education Resources

Thanks to the advocacy work of students, parents and communities across Massachusetts, a new law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick will give suspended or expelled students access to educational resources like alternative schools, tutoring or online learning programs. It will also require school districts to report data on suspensions and expulsions to the state in order to better identify disparities in which students are being pushed out of school and denied the resources and opportunities they need to learn.

Thanks to the advocacy work of students, parents and communities across Massachusetts, a new law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick will give suspended or expelled students access to educational resources like alternative schools, tutoring or online learning programs. 

Privatization As a Solution? Wrong. Try Again.

In her annual Message on Public Education, Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness at the United Church of Christ Justice, denounces the privatization of public education as the abdication of our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic nation to provide all children with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. The 10-page Message also functions as a primer on how different aspects of the privatization movement (from vouchers to education management organizations to charters and online schools) are undermining the principles of fairness and opportunity that our country holds so dear.

In her annual Message on Public Education, Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness at the United Church of Christ Justice, denounces the privatization of public education as the abdication of our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic nation to provide all children with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.

A Tale of Two Districts: A Teacher Reflects on the Disparities Harming WI Schools

Susan Howe, FACE teacher, Monona Grove High School, WI

Susan Howe, a lifelong teacher in Wisconsin's public schools, has witnessed the heartbreaking disparities in access to educational resources and opportunities in her state firsthand. Here, she tells the touching stories of two new young teachers, her niece and her son, and how the disparities between their districts led one to succeed and one to resign. 

This guest blog post is from Susan Howe, a longtime teacher in Wisconsin and a passionate advocate for the rights of all children to a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. 

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For some reason, my family seems to have produced more than its share of teachers. I don't remember anyone encouraging us or discouraging us, but somehow we ended up with nine teachers in our extended family, including my husband and myself.

Pop Quiz: What Does Rising Income Segregation Mean For Schools?

The Pew Research Center's new report "The Rise of Residential Segregation by Income" analyzes 2010 Census data to reveal that the long-term rise in income inequality over the past several decades has led to a decrease in the number of mixed-income or middle-class neighborhoods in cities across the country. With more neighborhoods becoming either poorer or richer, and with public school funding systems that are predominantly based on local property taxes, the rise of income segregation is bad news for equity and opportunity in our nation's schools.

Answer: More inequity in public school funding.

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Will You Stand Up For Your Local School?

The New York Education Commission is holding public hearings in cities across New York and they want to hear from you! It's imperative that we take full advantage of this opportunity to defend local schools and advocate for a fair and equitable opportunity to learn for all children. Check out this flyer from Educate NY Now to learn how to register to speak at a Commission hearing and post comments on the Commission's online forum.

The New York Education Commission is holding public hearings in cities across New York and they want to hear from you! It's imperative that we take full advantage of this opportunity to defend local schools and advocate for a fair and equitable opportunity to learn for all children! Check out this flyer from Educate NY Now to learn how to register to speak at a Commission hearing and post comments on the Commission's online forum:

How to Measure the Well-Being of Our Children

The 2012 version of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual "KIDS COUNT Data Book" provides a wealth of information about the well-being of our nation's children, including state-by-state data on educational opportunities, economic security, access to healthcare and family and community environments. The report illustrates the deep disparities between children of color and their White peers and between children from wealthy and low-income families in access to the opportunities and supports necessary to succeed in school and in life. Overall, the report finds that a higher percentage of students of color are living in poverty, not attending preschool, not graduating on time and don't have health insurance compared to non-Hispanic White children.

Webinar - Education Redlining: How Children Across America Are Denied an Opportunity to Learn

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-07-25

The National OTL Campaign's first webinar, held on Tuesday July 24th, explored the issue of education redlining, in which bad policies systematically deny resources and opportunities to certain communities. Attendees heard from panelists Michael Holzman, Senior Research Consultant for the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Jennifer LaFleur, Director of Computer Assisted Reporting at ProPublica. Watch the full video of the webinar below.

Click here to learn more about the event and download the resources and tools discussed during the webinar! 

The National OTL Campaign's first webinar, held on Tuesday July 24th, explored the issue of education redlining, in which bad policies systematically deny resources and opportunities to certain communities. Attendees heard from panelists Michael Holzman, Senior Research Consultant for the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Jennifer LaFleur, Director of Computer Assisted Reporting at ProPublica. Watch the full video of the webinar below.

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KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-07-25
Author: 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

The 2012 version of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual KIDS COUNT Data Book tracks the well-being of our nation's children with state-by-state data on children's economic well-being, educational opportunities, access to healthcare and family and community environments. The report illustrates the deep disparities between children of color and their white peers in access to the opportunities and support necessary to succeed in school and in life. 

 

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