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Greatness by Design: How to Develop And Support Outstanding Teaching

Need a blueprint for recruiting, developing and retaining high quality teachers in your state? Look no further than this report from CA State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's Task Force on Educator Excellence. Drawing on the expertise of educators and thought leaders like Linda Darling-Hammond, the report lays out precisely how states should invest in their teachers and their schools to ensure that every student has access to well-prepared and effective teachers.

Greatness by Design: Supporting Outstanding Teaching to Sustain a Golden State

Publication Date: 
Sat, 2012-09-01
Author: 
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Task Force on Educator Excellence
Type: 
reports
Category: 
highly-effective-teachers

Need a blueprint for recruiting, developing and retaining high quality teachers in your state? Look no further than this report from CA State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's Task Force on Educator Excellence. Drawing on the expertise of educators and thought leaders like Linda Darling-Hammond, the report lays out precisely how states should invest in their teachers and their schools to ensure that every student has access to well-prepared and effective teachers.

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Don't Close Schools, Invest in Them!

Education organizers and advocates from 18 cities across the country made a "Journey for Justice" to the nation's capitol this week to make their case in person against school closures. They testified at a hearing before the US Department of Education and even met with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan! They protested that the DOE's policies that favor closing underperforming schools rather than investing in them is doing irreparable harm to students by disrupting their communities and discriminating against schools serving primarily Black and Latino students.

Education Organizers Make Their Case in D.C. to End School Closures!

Education organizers and advocates from 18 cities across the country made a "Journey for Justice" to the nation's capitol this week to make their case in person against school closures. They testified at a hearing before the US Department of Education and even met with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan!  

End School Closures! Journey for Justice Testifies at US Dept. of Ed

Our grassroots allies from Journey for Justice are taking their fight to end school closures to the US Department of Education! Representatives from 18 cities across the country will testify at a hearing before the US DOE in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, January 28th, 2013. See this press release for more details. And follow Journey for Justice on Twitter @J4J_USA!

Our grassroots allies from Journey for Justice are taking their fight to end school closures to the US Department of Education! Representatives from 18 cities across the country will testify at a hearing before the US DOE in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, January 28th, 2013. See the press release below for more details. Follow Journey for Justice on Twitter @J4J_USA.

"Equal Treatment for Children in Unequal Situations Is Not Justice"

California Governor Jerry Brown has made education equity a priority this year, what with his budget increase for education and a proposed weighted funding formal that sends more money to low-income districts. In his State of the State address Brown made a strong case for fair funding and equitable access to opportunity (what the OTL Campaign calls supports-based reform) and criticized the high-stakes testing and accountability that are hallmarks of today's standards-based reform movement.

California Governor Jerry Brown has made education equity a priority this year with his budget increase for education and a proposed weighted funding formal that sends more money to low-income districts.

No Need to Worry When You Flunk the StudentsFirst Test!

Hats off to California's chief deputy superintendent Richard Zeiger for standing up to the likes of StudentsFirst and calling his state's F rating from the organization a "badge of honor." We thought that was such a good idea, we've created a badge that every education advocate can display to show that students deserve better than what privatizers like Michelle Rhee and StudentsFirst have to offer.

In Fact, Here's a Badge for Sticking Up for Equity in Education!

OTL Applauds CA Gov. Brown's Leadership on Fair Funding

As other states have made cuts in education budgets that have had disastrous impacts on children and schools, California's governor is emerging as a champion of public education – and of equitable funding for the state's poorest districts.

OTL Campaign Applauds CA Gov. Brown's Leadership on Fair Funding
Budget Increases Education Spending, Uses Weighted Funding Formula

Applauds NY Gov. Cuomo's Call for More Pre-K, Expanded Learning Time

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!

Convening: Ask Students, We're the Ones in the Classroom!

Driven by the simple belief that students are the ones in the classroom and they should be asked about their learning experiences, advocates from 10 states (including many OTL allies) came together at a convening at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to develop messaging and organizing strategies to push for student input in the decisions affecting their education and teacher evaluations. Already in a few states, there are policies that give students a voice in the classroom, and many other states and districts would like to change their own policies through student input.

The following post was written by advocates from Youth on Board following a convening they hosted in Massachusetts. Many of the groups attending the event are OTL allies from across the country (see full list, bottom of page). The convening focused on sharing and developing organizing strategies to push for more student input in decisions affecting their education and teacher evaluations. 

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