Illinois

"Justice Is Equitable Funding for ALL Our Schools"

Check out this amazing video chronicling Journey for Justice, a protest event held in Washington, D.C. in September! Advocates from across the country (including several OTL allies) traveled to the nation's capital to rally and march against school closures, which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Before being given the axe, these schools are often set up to fail: they're chronically underfunded and unable to provide the types of resources and opportunities students need to succeed. As the advocates in the video say, "Justice is equitable funding for all our schools."

Check out this amazing video chronicling Journey for Justice, a protest event held in Washington, D.C. in September! Advocates from across the country traveled to the nation's capital to rally and march against school closures, which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. 

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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New Documentary Featuring Youth Allies in Chicago!

Hats off to the passionate youth advocates at Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), who are the subject of a new documentary about the persistence of racism in our nation's systems of education, health and criminal justice... and the advocates working to end it. In addition to these grassroots voices, the documentary will also feature academics such as Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, anti-racism educator Tim Wise, and prominent school discipline scholar Russell Skiba.

You know you're doing good work when someone makes a documentary about it! So hats off to the passionate youth advocates at Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), who are the subject of a new documentary about the persistence of racism in our nation's systems of education, health and criminal justice...

Picking up Steam: The Fight to End School Closures

A passionate group of advocates from across the country rallied in Washington D.C. last month to protest school closures and file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. The "Journey for Justice" event was just one of a rising tide of opposition to the unjust practice of closing down failing schools. According to an article in Education Week, the practice "has become the strategy of first instance, not of last resort," and is disproportionately affecting schools in communities of color. 

A passionate group of advocates from across the country rallied in Washington D.C. last month to protest school closures and file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. The "Journey for Justice" event was just one of a rising tide of opposition to the unjust practice of closing down failing schools.

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!

Journey for Justice! Advocates Protest School Closures in D.C.

Students, parents, teachers and other education advocates across the nation are fed up with school closures. And they're taking their protest to Washington, D.C this week! As Andre Dunbar, a student activist from the Philadelphia Student Union explains in a guest post on Anthony Cody's Education Week blog, "Journey for Justice" will take place on Thursday, September 20th. Buses will be arriving from Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Baltimore (MD), Chicago (IL), Cleveland (OH), Detroit (MI), Europa (MS), Hartford (CT), Kansas City (MO), Los Angeles (CA), New Orleans (LA), Newark (NJ), New York City (NY), Oakland (CA), Philadelphia (PA), and Wichita (KS), and advocates will rally at the U.S. Department of Education.

UPDATE: Join the discussion and follow live updates from the event on Twitter using #Journey4Justice and on Facebook!

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Journey for Education Justice 2012

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-09-19
On Thursday, September 20th, parents, students, and advocates from the across the country will be driving to Washington D.C. to protest school closures and advocate for supports-based reform policies. Journy for Justice is an event not to be missed! Check out the trailer below to learn more!

On Thursday, September 20th, parents, students, and advocates from the across the country will be driving to Washington D.C. to protest school closures and advocate for supports-based reform policies. Journy for Justice is an event not to be missed! Check out the trailer below to learn more!

OTL Ally VOYCE Backs Up Chicago Teachers

Along with the teachers flooding the streets of Chicago to defend students' access to quality educational opportunities are students and OTL allies from Voice of Youth in Chicago Education. They've been protesting and rallying all week, and have been updating their Facebook page with some spectacular pictures, including an entire album from Day 1 of the Teachers' strike on Monday.

Along with the teachers flooding the streets of Chicago to defend students' access to quality educational opportunities are students and OTL allies from Voice of Youth in Chicago Education. They've been protesting and rallying all week, and have been updating their Facebook page with some spectacular pictures, including an entire album from Day 1 of the Teachers' strike on Monday. 

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Why OTL Advocates Walk the Line in Chicago

Jitu Brown, Education Organizer, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)

As a public school parent, a community organizer and a proud resident of Chicago, I feel it important to set the record straight by telling you why many like-minded Chicagoans like me are supporting the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). You need to know the real reasons why we choose to walk the line.

As a public school parent, a community organizer and a proud resident of Chicago, I feel it important to set the record straight by telling you why many like-minded Chicagoans like me are supporting the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). You need to know the real reasons why we choose to walk the line.

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