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Speak Up at NY Education Commission Public Hearings!

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-07-25

Over the next several months, the New York Education Commission will be hosting public hearings across the state. Check out this video from Alliance for Quality Education to learn how to register to speak at your local regional meeting!

Over the next several months, the New York Education Commission will be hosting public hearings across the state. Check out this video from Alliance for Quality Education to learn how to register to speak at your local regional meeting!

Education Redlining Webinar Recap and Resources!

In the National OTL Campaign's first webinar, we explored the issue of education redlining, in which bad policies systematically deny certain communities the educational resources and opportunities they need to prepare their children for success in school and in life. Attendees learned how to identify disparities in resources in their local schools with the help of a variety of tools, and we discussed strategies for bringing their research to the attention of the local media, policymakers and advocacy groups. 

 

The National OTL Campaign successfully hosted its first webinar yesterday! We explored the issue of education redlining, in which bad policies systematically deny certain communities the educational resources and opportunities they need to prepare their children for success in school and in life. Attendees learned how to identify disparities in resources with the help of a variety of tools and we discussed strategies for bringing their research to the attention of the local media, policymakers and advocacy groups. 

State: 

Systemic Ed Reform is Key to Breaking Structural Inequality

In difficult economic times, we as a nation need to provide all children, especially those in struggling communities, with access to the opportunities and resources they need to succeed in school and in life. In a CNN op-ed, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, points to the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign's "2020 Vision Roadmap: A Pre-K Through Postsecondary Blueprint for Educational Success " as the systemic approach we need to reform our nation's education system and combat structural inequities.

In difficult economic times, we as a nation need to provide all children, especially those in struggling communities, with access to the opportunities and resources they need to succeed in school and in life. In a CNN op-ed, Rev. Dr.

State: 

Join Us For a Webinar on Education Redlining!

Calling all parents, teachers, students and education activists! Join us on Tuesday, July 24th, at 2 p.m. for a free webinar on education redlining! Redlining is the unethical practice of limiting residents' access to vital services in certain communities. And it's happening in cities and schools across the country. We'll give you the tools and resources you need to assess where it's taking place and action steps you and other education justice advocates can take to expose redlining and put an end to it. Sign up today!

Calling all parents, teachers, students and education activists! Join us on Tuesday, July 24th, at 2 p.m. for a free webinar on education redlining!

What's redlining, you ask? It's the unethical, sometimes illegal practice of limiting residents' access to vital services in certain communities. Today it's happening in cities and schools across the country.

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Tiny Budget Increase Doesn't Replace Lost Opportunities

Thomas Beebe, Project Director, Opportunity to Learn - Wisconsin
One year of slight increases in state education aid isn't enough to make up for years of budget cuts and a property tax cap that limits the power of communities to help their local schools. Wisconsin needs to prioritize its children and its public schools, or else everyone will end up paying for it in the long run.

It’s an indisputable fact: Public education is the great leveler in our economy and our society. If we put in the resources up front we will get the results we all want: Successful young adults, an economy that works, and a civil society we can be proud of.

At the very time Wisconsin’s students need more quality education, however, state government continues to bleed school districts of the resources they need.

We Must Help the Children of Immigrants Succeed

The children of immigrants - mostly Hispanic and almost all U.S. citizens - account for the majority of growth in Arkansas's child population in the last decade. So any discussion of the Arkansas' economic future must consider the challenges that children of immigrants face, including higher rates of poverty of school dropout and lack of access to health insurance. A new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families outlines how those challenges affect the children of immigrants and the policy changes Arkansas can implement to improve the opportunities available to them. 

The children of immigrants - mostly Hispanic and almost all U.S. citizens - account for the majority of growth in Arkansas's child population in the last decade. The same is true nationally. So any discussion of the Arkansas' economic future - or that of the entire country - must consider the challenges that children of immigrants face, including higher rates of poverty of school dropout and lack of access to health insurance.

Southern States Get Failing Grade for School Funding Fairness

Southern states are doing a particularly unfair job providing their students with educational resources and opportunities. A recent report from the Education Law Center, "Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card," provides statistics and analysis of the fairness of school funding formulas for every state. The Institute for Southern Studies has examined the data further and says that Southern states have some serious work to do in order to ensure every student has a fair opportunity to learn. 

Fairness in school funding is more than lacking across the country. Southern states are doing a particularly unfair job providing their students with educational resources and opportunities. A recent report from the Education Law Center, "Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card," provides statistics and analysis of the fairness of school funding formulas for every state.

Do Failures in Justice or Education System Increase Incarceration Rates?

Michael Holzman, Senior Research Consultant, Schott Foundation for Public Education

Higher graduation rates typically correlate to lower incarceration rates. Why then do states with higher graduation rates for students of color also witness higher rates of incarceration for the same population? Because our criminal justice system, and the school-to-prison pipeline, disproportionately affects students of color. 

Much of the literature on education and prison -- and "the school to prison pipeline" -- assumes a negative correlation between educational achievement and incarceration: the more highly educated a person, the less chance that he (it is usually he) will be incarcerated.

This belief is supported by data for male White, non-Latinos:

NY Students Will Get Their Day in Court

In a victory for New York parent and student advocates, the state will soon be held to account for its failure to provide the fair school funding necessary to ensure all students have a 'sound, basic education.' Hussein vs. The State of New York (also know as the Small Cities Schools case) will be allowed to proceed to trial after the state attempted (several times) to have the case thrown out. 

In a victory for New York parent and student advocates, the state will soon be held to account for its failure to provide the fair school funding necessary to ensure all students have a 'sound, basic education.' Hussein vs. The State of New York (also know as the Small Cities Schools case) will be allowed to proceed to trial after the state attempted (several times) to have the case thrown out. 

Some background from Alliance for Quality Education:

State: 

National Report Card: Is School Funding Fair?

Far too many states continue to deny public schools the essential resources they need to provide every child with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. The Second Edition of Education Law Center's Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card rates the 50 states on the basis of four "fairness indicators" - funding level, funding distribution, state fiscal effort, and public school coverage - and provides the most in-depth analysis to date of state education finance systems.

Far too many states continue to deny public schools the essential resources they need to provide every child with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. The Second Edition of Education Law Center's Is School Funding Fair?

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