Arkansas

"Why an Opportunity to Learn is Important to Me"

One of the many highlights of the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit was reading essays by the winners of the summit's student essay contest, who wrote in answer to the prompt "Why an Opportunity to Learn is important to me."

On November 30th, our allies in Arkansas gathered for the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit, a fantastic weekend of trainings, workshops and networking for organizers and advocates. One of the many highlights of the event was reading essays by the winners of the summit's student essay contest, who wrote in answer to the prompt "Why an Opportunity to Learn is important to me." 

"A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas"

Did you know that Arkansas had the fourth fastest rate of immigrant population growth from 2000 to 2010? Learn about that and more on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 2013, when the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation will release an updated version of their 2007 report, A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas (pictured right). Better yet, why not attend the press conference for the report's release that same day?

Did you know that Arkansas had the fourth fastest rate of immigrant population growth from 2000 to 2010? Learn about that and more on Tuesday, Jan.

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Personal Opportunity Plans

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-12-21
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

In the first in a series of policy proposals, the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign advocates the creation of Personal Opportunity Plans for every student who is one grade level or more behind in reading or math, giving them access to the academic, social and heathcare supports they need to get back on track.

OTL Campaign Releases State Policy Guide on Out-of-School Suspensions!

Need some help developing or advocating for policies in your state to tackle school pushout and end the school-to-prison pipeline? Then look no further than this newly released state policy guide from the Opportunity to Learn Campaign! The guide provides advocates and policymakers with recommendations for ending the ineffective and discriminatory practice of out-of-school suspensions as well as a summary of the significant action and legislative proposals that are already underway in states to address our national pushout crisis.

Need some help developing or advocating for policies in your state to tackle school pushout and end the school-to-prison pipeline? Then look no further than this newly released state policy guide from the Opportunity to Learn Campaign!

Press Release: AR Advocates Oppose Supreme Court Equity Ruling

The following is a press release from OTL allies and education advocates in Arkansas in reponse to the recent ruling from the state Supreme Court that significantly undermines the state's equitable funding system and puts the fate of fair funding for public schools in Arkansas at risk.

The following is a press release from OTL allies and education advocates in Arkansas in reponse to the recent ruling from the state Supreme Court that significantly undermines the state's equitable funding system and puts the fate of fair funding for public schools in Arkansas at risk. Read our rundown of the ruling and what it means for education reform here.

A Sad Day in the Fight for Equitable Funding in AR

Equitable funding in the state of Arkansas took a beating in a ruling from the state Supreme Court issued Thursday, one that puts the future of fair funding at risk and undermines decades of work by advocates and OTL allies in the state.

Equitable funding in the state of Arkansas took a beating in a ruling from the state Supreme Court issued Thursday, one that puts the future of fair funding at risk and undermines decades of work by advocates and OTL allies in the state. 

Arkansas Advocacy and Organizing Month!

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has declared October to be Arkansas Advocacy & Organizing Month, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has joined with grassroots organizing groups and advocacy organizations (many of whom we're proud to partner with in the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign) to celebrate the positive impact advocacy has on communities and the change it can inspire.

In case we needed any further proof that advocacy and organizing do make a difference, a report from the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy says that for every dollar invested in advocacy in the Gulf/Mid-South states, communities saw a $114 return on the investment. 

Free Webinar: How to Go from Mad to Movement Building!

Join the Opportunity to Learn Campaign (along with members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, our partner in the Solutions Not Suspensions initiative) for a 60-minute webinar on October 3rd to learn how you can go from outrage over harsh school discipline polices to movement building! This webinar will examine how student organizers in Philadelphia were able to collect necessary data, build their coalition, and win a decisive victory bringing about alternatives to out-of-school suspensions.


Free Webinar! Solutions Not Suspensions:
How to Go from Mad to Movement Building

October 3, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Schott Foundation Releases "The Urgency of Now: 50 State Report on Black Males and Public Education"

The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males finds that almost half of Black and Latino males do not graduate high school in four years.  Without a policy framework that creates opportunity for all students, strengthens supports for the teaching profession and strikes the right balance between support-based reforms and standards-driven reforms, the U.S. will become increasingly unequal and less competitive in the global economy. Where does your state rank? Visit www.blackboysreport.org to learn more!

One of the Smartest Investments in Ed Reform: Early Literacy

Great news for children in Arkansas! A new campaign is fighting to ensure that all students are reading proficiently in third grade by 2020. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, coordinated by the Winthrop Rockerfeller Foundation and supported by several OTL allies, is pushing for better access to early childhood education and summer programs, a reduction in chronic absenteeism and an increase in parent and community engagement.

Great news for children in Arkansas! A new campaign is fighting to ensure that all students are reading proficiently in third grade by 2020. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, coordinated by the Winthrop Rockerfeller Foundation and supported by several OTL allies, is pushing for better access to early childhood education and summer programs, a reduction in chronic absenteeism and an increase in parent and community engagement. 

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