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59 Years After Brown vs. Board, an "Education Spring" Is Here

May 17th is the 59th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Decades later, students, parents, teacher and advocates are still fighting against education policies that leave students of color and low-income students deprived of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. But a grassroots revolution is brewing, what blogger Jeff Bryant has been calling an "education spring," and this past week has seen headline-grabbing victories and inspiring actions.

Today is the 59th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Almost six decades later, students, parents, teachers and advocates across the country are still fighting against education policies that leave students of color and low-income students deprived of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.

The State of Preschool 2012

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has tracked preschool enrollment and funding data in the country for over a decade. Its latest annual "State of Preschool" report presents an alarming set of "firsts" in the 2011-2012 school year: Enrollment in state-funded pre-K programs has stagnated after a decade of growth, and average funding per child has decreased below $4,000 for the first time since NIEER began collecting the data.

If there's one thing we can all agree on in the midst of budget slashing and a limping economic recovery, it's that kids who go to preschool are better prepared to start learning in school and stand a better chance of graduating and achieving at high levels.

How to Close the Opportunity Gap: Key Policy Recommendations

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2013-05-13
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

The National Education Policy Center's new book "Closing the Opportunity Gap" offers a wide array of policy recommendations for closing the opportunity gap and ensuring all students have the resources they need to succeed. This policy guide distills the most important recommendations from the book at three different levels: at the level of students' individual needs, at the level of in-school opportunities and resources, and at the level of communities and neighborhoods.

Give At-Risk Students Early, Tailored Supports

By Chris Hill, NC Justice Center, and John H. Jackson, Schott Foundation

It’s time we recognize that students fall behind not because of inherent character flaws, but because our education policies for the past two decades have focused on implementing tough standards while failing to build support systems that address the societal factors that create barriers to academic success.

More than 20 million students in the United States are below proficient in reading and math and barred from the educational opportunities that will lead to success.

Moving From Standards to Supports

By John H. Jackson, President & CEO, Schott Foundation

Standards-based reform creates an inherent system of winners and losers by raising the bar and assessing who makes the cut. Supports-based reforms provide and strategically align the needed resources so each student has the opportunity to reach that bar—and surpass it.

In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama returned repeatedly to the theme of "we the people" and the ever-more-inclusive nature of that "we" in our nation.

New Book: Closing the Opportunity Gap

The National Center for Education Policy (NEPC), an OTL ally, has a new, must-read book about the change our nation needs to make from thinking about the achievement gap to trying to fix the opportunity gap that underlies it.

The National Center for Education Policy (NEPC), an OTL ally, has a new, must-read book about the change our nation needs to make from thinking about the achievement gap to trying to fix the opportunity gap that underlies it.

The Color of School Closures

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-26
Type: 
graphs-visuals
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

Mass school closings have become a hallmark of today's dominant education policy agenda. But rather than helping students, these closures disrupt whole communities. And as U.S. Department of Education data suggests, the most recent rounds of mass closings in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia disproportionately hurt Black and low-income students.

Click here to learn about alternatives that support students rather than close school doors on them.

Mass school closings have become a hallmark of today's dominant education policy agenda. But rather than helping students, these closures disrupt whole communities. And as U.S. Department of Education data suggests, the most recent rounds of mass closings in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia disproportionately hurt Black and low-income students.

Click here to learn about alternatives that support students rather than close school doors on them.

Out of School and Off Track - The Overuse of Suspensions in Schools

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-04-11
Author: 
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies – The Civil Rights Project
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

A new report from UCLA's Civil Right Project is a one stop shop for all the school discipline data advocates or organizers needto fight the overuse of out-of-school suspensions. Out of School & Off Track uses data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools for the 2009-2010 academic year and breaks it down by district, race, gender, elementary/secondary school level, English language learners, and disability status.

This is an incredibly useful and powerful report – download it here!

ABFE Conference Features OTL Allies

OTL allies are participating in a summit this weekend at the Association for Black Foundation Executives 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago. They will be discussing how policies and practices in Chicago public schools are creating systemic inequities for communities of color – and what foundations and advocates can do to address those inequities.

 

OTL allies are participating in a summit this weekend at the Association for Black Foundation Executives's 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago. Scroll down for resources and links!

What they're discussing, from the ABFE Conference Website:

CTU President Karen Lewis at Save Our Schools Rally in Chicago

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-04-03

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to close 54 schools — closings that disproportionately affect low-income and Black students. Parents, teachers, and students are fighting back.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to close 54 schools — closings that disproportionately affect low-income and Black students. Parents, teachers, and students are fighting back.

Footage by Chicago Access Network Television.

Full video of the rally (2+hrs): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrRiJz7uzUs

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