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Congress Has Forgotten Its Role in Promoting Equity in Education

It's been nearly 50 years since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but Congress, stuck in a debate about the role of high-stakes testing in school reform, seems to have forgotten the law's original commitment to ensuring fairness in education funding.


Joe Bishop, Director of Policy
for the OTL Campaign
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Room for Improvement in MA with Pre-k, Wraparound Services and College Prep

As part of its annual Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy has outlined three ways Massachusetts can build on its already strong education system to better prepare students for school, support them while they're there, and help them make the transition to college or a career.

Massachusetts' schools are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. The state's success is due in large part to its 1993 Education Reform Act, which introduced a set of high achievement standards and a fair school funding system to provide schools with the resources to help students meet those standards.

The State of Our Schools

In the Alliance for Quality Education's State of Our Schools speech, Zakiyah Ansari takes NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to task for failing to fix persistent inequities in public school funding. Her call for fairness and opportunity in education could apply just as well to states across the country.

President Obama may have just given his annual State of the Union Address to Congress, but the speech we've been waiting to hear is the Alliance for Quality Education's State of Our Schools speech. 

MS Voter Initiative for Fair School Funding Stymied By Legislature

In the past seven years, public schools in Mississippi have been shortchanged by more than $1.5 billion in funding. Now, state legislators are trying to cripple a voter initiative aimed at fixing that disparity. 

In the past seven years, public schools in Mississippi have been shortchanged by more than $1.5 billion in funding. Now, state legislators are trying to cripple a voter initiative aimed at fixing that disparity. 

Philly Coalition Releases Powerful Platform for City Elections

Ahead of local elections, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools released a powerful platform that unites the funding issues facing the city’s struggling schools with the need for broader investments to support whole communities. 

In just a few weeks, Pennsylvania will get a new governor, Tom Wolf, who far stronger ally of public schools than his predecessor, Tom Corbett. This change in leadership is thanks in large part to the many education organizers across the state, but especially in Philadelphia, who spent the run-up to the gubernatorial elections highlighting the dire impact of Corbett's state budget cuts to schools. 

NYC Parents Release Policy Guidance for Expanding Community Schools

With NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio putting millions of dollars into his new community schools initiative, parents with the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice are weighing in with policy guidance for expanding the program.


CEJ parent leader Felicia Alexander speaks at a 
rally in support of community schools. Picture via CEJ.

Boston Youth Organizers Win Pilot Program for Subway Pass

Thanks to the hard work of youth organizers in Boston over the past year, starting next summer, Boston will launch a pilot program to offer discounted subway and bus passes to students and help make transportation to and from school more affordable.


Photo via Boston Magazine

Getting to school shouldn't depend on whether or not you can afford a subway pass. Thanks to the hard work of youth organizers in Boston, the city will launch a pilot program next summer to offer discounted subway and bus passes to students. 

The Community Schools Toolkit

A great new toolkit from The Center for Popular Democracy and the Coalition for Education Justice breaks down the essential elements of community schools and how advocates can push for them in their cities.

Education organizers in dozens of cities nationwide are demanding "community schools" in their neighborhoods, schools that provide wraparound supports for students and their families to build stronger learning environments&nb

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"Vision to Victory" Documentary Highlights Education Organizers in the 2013 NYC Mayoral Election

A new documentary chronicles how New York City organizers made education inequality the central theme of the last mayoral elections. It's a must-watch case study of how education justice organizers can get their issues on the political agenda – and win.

Education organizers in New York City played a tremendous role in electing Bill de Blasio in the 2013 mayoral election, specifically when it came to making education inequality the central theme of his campaign. "Vision to Victory" chronicles that work as a case study of h

How To Give Every Student Extended Day, After School and Summer Learning Programs

Want more after-school or summer programs in your district? Well here's what it would probably cost to make that happen. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center has released a policy brief outlining the costs of expanded learning opportunities and how we can make them available to each and every student.

Want more after-school or summer programs in your district? Well here's what it would probably cost to make that happen.

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