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.
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.
A new study released by UCLA's Civil Rights Project is the first of its kind to thoroughly explore school segregation trends in Massachusetts since the peak of desegregation in the 1980s.
While student enrollment in Massachusetts public schools is growing more diverse, the state's public schools are becoming increasingly segregated along race and class lines. The inequality of educational opportunities and outcomes is compounded when, as is usually the case, racially segregated schools are also schools of concentrated poverty. This report explores two decades of school segregation trends in the state and provides recommendations for policymakers and advocates.
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.
FairTest to honor Jonathan Kozol with
Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award
Date and Time: Thursday May 9, 2013; 6:00 – 8:30 pm
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.
As advocates and organizers can attest to, the education debate is huge and the number of issues at play in trying to ensure every student has an opportunity to learn can seem overwhelming. So hats off to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center for its new Children's Budget, an expansive database of government services and programs for children and their families that impact their access
A number of OTL allies in Massachusetts – including youth organizers from the Boston Student Advisory Council and the Boston-area Youth Organizing Project – are helping build grassroots pressure for revenue building initiatives and investments in communities and education.