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.
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.
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!
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!