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Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50-State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2015-04-13

In February 2015, the Schott Foundation for public education released the 2015 edition of its biennial report on public education and black male students. Watch (and share!) this short animation about the report. Read the full report here.

In February 2015, the Schott Foundation for public education released the 2015 edition of its biennial report on public education and black male students. Watch (and share!) this short animation about the report. Read the full report here.

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The View From 3 Feet

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2014-09-18

We could talk your ear off about the importance of early learning, but figured you would rather have some cute kids with GoPro cameras show you why they love preschool. They're telling stories, doing art projects, practicing counting, and learning that "when somebody's talking to someone else, you be patient."

We could talk your ear off about the importance of early learning, but figured you would rather have some cute kids with GoPro cameras show you why they love preschool. They're telling stories, doing art projects, practicing counting, and learning that "when somebody's talking to someone else, you be patient."

Pre-k matters, so learn how you can help make sure every kid gets a chance to go to preschool here.

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ESEA Bill Needs Clearer Standards for New Educators

Teachers are front and center in every classroom - but they're not front and center in the latest draft bill to reauthorize the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In fact, as OTL's Policy Director Joe Bishop explains in a new Huffington Post column, there are some serious gaps in the proposed legislation as far as teacher preparation is concerned.


Joe Bishop, Policy Director
for the OTL Campaign
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Twitter Rally Against Charter School Leader Eva Moskowitz

OTL allies held a Twitter rally last week after Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she tried to justify the use of harsh discipline policies in schools.

OTL allies held a Twitter rally last week after Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she

As ESEA Debate Continues, Grassroots Voices Weigh In

Federal lawmakers seem to be getting serious about a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The OTL Campaign was proud to join over 100 grassroots community and labor groups this week to release an open letter to Congressional leaders urging them to support the development of full-service community schools, end the school-to-prison pipeline, halt federal funding for charter school expansion, and maintain the Title I program.

After months of debate, federal lawmakers seem to be getting serious about a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and this week Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray released a bipartisan "compromise bill" that could have important implications for schools, students and teachers nationwide.

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In Past Decade, Funding Gap Between Rich and Poor Schools Grew 44 Percent

Rich schools are getting richer, and poor schools are getting poorer. That's the gist of new data released by the US Department of Education, highlighting just how inequitably we fund our nation's public schools. Over the past decade, the funding gap between schools in rich and poor communities has grown 44% to an average $1,500 per student.

Map of growth in funding disparities
Map showing gap increase via The Hechinger Report

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Short Video Shows How Vouchers Hurt Public Education

A short video from the Southern Education Foundation demonstrates how school vouchers, which allow private schools to siphon tax payer money away from public schools, threaten our nation's system of public education while only benefiting a small, select group of students.

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) recently released a short video that aptly demonstrates one of the major threats to public education: vouchers.

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Mixed Bag of Victories and Set Backs in NY State Budget

After months of intense organizing in Albany and across the state, education organizers in New York got a mix of victories and setbacks in the new state budget.


Education organizers rallied in Albany in early March. 
Picture via Citizen Action of NY

How "School Choice" Doesn't Help New Orleans Students

A new study of charter schools in New Orleans illustrates how the city's "school choice" system has allowed administrators to selectively pick students and side step the central tenet of our nation's public education system: that schools are open to and serve all students.

A new study of charter schools in New Orleans is challenging the central claim of charter school proponents that forcing schools to compete for students will increase the quality of a city's education system. In fact, the "school choice" system in New Orleans hasn't empowered students or parents.

How ESEA Could Help End Discriminatory School Discipline

While debate around the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act has focused mainly on issues like standardized testing, school accountability and funding, an op-ed by Louisiana education organizer Gina Womack raises another important issue for federal policymakers: addressing the discriminatory impact of harsh school disciplinary policies.


Gina Womack, Families and Friends
of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children

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