Massachusetts

Losing Ground: School Segregation in Massachusetts

 A new study released by UCLA's Civil Rights Project shows that while student enrollment in Massachusetts public schools is growing ever more diverse, the schools themselves are becoming increasingly segregated along race and class lines.

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.

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.

See Jonathan Kozol in Cambridge

In the passion of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Jonathan Kozol gave up the prospect of an academic career, moved from Harvard Square to a poor black Boston neighborhood, and became a fourth grade teacher. Since then, he has devoted his life to advocating for equal educational opportunity.

FairTest to honor Jonathan Kozol with
Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award

Click here to purchase tickets!

Date and Time: Thursday May 9, 2013; 6:00 – 8:30 pm

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!

How Boston Students Made Their Voices Heard in the Classroom

In an article published in Phi Delta Kappan, Dan Chu from the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) details BSAC's long and ultimately successful campaign to develop a tool for students to give constructive feedback to their teachers.

Dan Chu from the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) got an article published in Phi Delta Kappan last month! In the article, he details BSAC's long and ultimately successful campaign to develop a tool for students to give constructive feedback to their teachers.

"Children's Budget" Maps Investments In Our Most Important Resource

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center's new Children's Budget is an expansive database of government services and programs for children and their families that impact their access to high quality educational opportunities. Covering everything from early childhood education, fair funding, expanded learning time, healthcare, affordable housing and juvenile justice, this database is a potent tool worth replicating in other states, and it drives home the need for supports-based, not standards-based, education reform.

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

MA Allies Call for Investments in Communities and Education

A number of OTL allies in Massachusetts – including youth organizers from the Boston Student Advisory Council and the Boston Youth Organizing Project – are helping build grassroots pressure for revenue building initiatives and investments in communities and education. The move is particularly exciting following MA Governor Deval Patrick's recent call for a nearly $2 billion investment in the state's education system and transportation infrastructure.

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.

You'll Feel That Tax Cut in the Morning...

Tax policy may not sound like the most interesting topic in the education reform world, but it is essential to ensuring our schools and teachers have the necessary resources to give every student a high-quality opportunity to learn. For a case in point, check out this recent op-ed in the Boston Globe from OTL ally Noah Berger, President of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Tax policy may not sound like the most interesting topic in the education reform world, but it is essential to ensuring our schools and teachers have the necessary resources to give every student a high-quality opportunity to learn.

Mark Your Calendars! OTL Webinar Racial Justice Training

On February 27th, the Opportunity to Learn Campaign will be hosting a webinar on racial justice with the Applied Research Center, an OTL ally. The webinar will provide advocates and organizers with valuable tools for framing and combating racial disparities in our nation's education system. Sign up here!

On February 27th, the Opportunity to Learn Campaign will be hosting a webinar on racial justice with the Applied Research Center, an OTL ally. The webinar will provide advocates and organizers with valuable tools for framing and combating racial disparities in our nation's education system. Sign up here!

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!  

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