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A Force for Real Education Reform Emerges

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

Blogger Jeff Bryant reflects on the OTL Campaign and American Federation of Teachers' recent conference in Los Angeles. Because the event united teachers, parents, students and community members from across the country, Bryant sees it as the beginning of a strong grassroots-labor movement to defend and support public education. 

Education “reform” wasn’t supposed to turn out like this.

In an ironic coda to the No Child Left Behind era last week, Texas officially turned its back on George W. Bush’s policy triumph by opting out of his signature mandate for schools to achieve “adequate yearly progress.”

Oakland: Community School, Thriving Students

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-09-25

"Community schools" are a new model for public education focused on building community partnerships to ensure all students have access to the types of wraparound academic, social and health supports they need to succeed in school. This short animated video shows how Oakland Unified School District is transforming its schools to be community hubs offering integrated student supports. Check it out!

"Community schools" are a new model for public education focused on building community partnerships to ensure all students have access to the types of wraparound academic, social and health supports they need to succeed in school. This short animated video shows how Oakland Unified School District is transforming its schools to be community hubs offering integrated student supports. Check it out!

Exciting OTL Campaign Events in October!

The OTL Campaign is gearing up for several exciting events in Los Angeles during the first week of October, including: a free Education Town Hall, our 2013 OTL Campaign Organizing Summit, and a conference on education justice hosted by the American Federation of Teachers.

Dear Friends and Allies,

We've got some exciting news to share!

As some of you may already know, the OTL Campaign is gearing up for a few big events in Los Angeles during the first week of October:

CA Law Ensures Rights of Transgender Students

In a first of its kind law, California has become the first state to require public schools to respect students' gender identity and ensure they are allowed to fully participate in school activities, sports teams and after-school programs. The School Success and Opportunity Act is a victory not just for transgender students, but for all advocates and organizers fighting for positive and supportive school environments for all students.

In a first of its kind law, California has become the first state to require public schools to respect students' gender identity and ensure they are allowed to fully participate in school activities, sports teams and after-school programs. The School Success and Opportunity Act is a victory not just for transgender students, but for all advocates and organizers fighting for positive and supportive school environments for all students.

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Growing Fairness: Documentary on Restorative Justice (Teaser)

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

Growing Fairness is an upcoming documentary film, workshop series, and online toolkit resource for school communities to use as they begin the project of implementing restorative justice in classrooms. It tells the story of school climate, alternatives to punitive discipline, and the real impact of zero-tolerance on young people and school communities in New York and Oakland. The film and resources were created by Teachers Unite, one of the original members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, and will be available in full starting September 2013. 

Growing Fairness is an upcoming documentary film, workshop series, and online toolkit resource for school communities to use as they begin the project of implementing restorative justice in classrooms. It tells the story of school climate, alternatives to punitive discipline, and the real impact of zero-tolerance on young people and school communities in New York and Oakland.

Class Size Matters. LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer Explains Why

Steve Zimmer, Board Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a former teacher, asks why we tolerate or dismiss crowded public school classrooms when charters and private schools use small class sizes as a selling point?

Small class size isn't about protecting teachers' jobs or making their work easier -- it's about providing every student with quality attention in the classroom. Steve Zimmer, Board Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a former teacher, asks why we tolerate or dismiss crowded public school classrooms when charters and private schools use small class sizes as a selling point? Warning: Passionate paper throwing ahead.

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2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Author: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

Class Size Matters. LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer Explains Why

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-02

Small class size isn't about protecting teachers' jobs or making their work easier -- it's about providing every student with quality attention in the classroom. Steve Zimmer, Board Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a former teacher, asks why we tolerate or dismiss crowded public school classrooms when charters and private schools use small class sizes as a selling point?

Small class size isn't about protecting teachers' jobs or making their work easier -- it's about providing every student with quality attention in the classroom. Steve Zimmer, Board Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a former teacher, asks why we tolerate or dismiss crowded public school classrooms when charters and private schools use small class sizes as a selling point?

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."

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Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

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