New York

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!

AQE Reacts to NY Ed Budget: Organizers Spoke, Policymakers Listened!

"What pleased us most about the public discussion of education this year was the growing awareness of how state funding decisions affect schools over a multi-year period. AQE has been sounding the alarm on the devastating consequences of classroom cuts over the last four years. We are pleased that state officials, this year, finally started to listen."

The following press release comes from the Alliance for Quality Education, an OTL ally in New York that has done tremendous organizing work around fair funding for the state's public schools. 

Probably the Coolest School Bus Transformation Ever

A+NYC, a coalition of 45 grassroots education groups in New York City, led a bus tour this past week across the city to let community members make their voices heard in the education debate. The group put together a visual exhibit for a "new direction" for NYC public schools showcasing the classes, programs and policies that work to build successful public schools, and elevating the voices of the parents, students and teachers who are usually left out of these conversations."

How do you turn a school bus into an organizing tool?
This is how:

For ECE and After-School, Funding Instability Is Top Concern

Despite the wealth of research showing that early learning and after-school programs help close the achievement gap by ensuring children are prepared to start school and continue to achieve once they're there, a report from NY OTL ally Campaign for Children shows how funding instability for these programs could lead to their collapse.

Despite the wealth of research showing that early learning and after-school programs help close the achievement gap by ensuring children are prepared to start school and continue to achieve once they're there, a report from NY OTL ally Campaign for Children shows how funding instability for these programs could lead to their collapse.

"This Is No Way to Operate a Critical Service for Children and Families!"

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-03-13
Author: 
Campaign for Children
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

Despite the research showing that early learning and after-school programs help close the achievement gap by ensuring children are prepared to start school and continue to achieve once they're there, this report from NY OTL ally Campaign for Children shows how funding instability for these programs could lead to their collapse. Thousands of students from low-income families stand to lose these vital opportunities that represent a key resource in a support-based education reform model. 

Despite the research showing that early learning and after-school programs help close the achievement gap by ensuring children are prepared to start school and continue to achieve once they're there, this report from NY OTL ally Campaign for Children shows how funding instability for these programs could lead to their collapse. Thousands of students from low-income families stand to lose these vital opportunities that represent a key resource in a support-based education reform model.

Dr. Michael Fullan - Keynote at NY OTL Conference

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-03-06

Dr. Michael Fullan provided the keynote speech at AQE's Opportunity to Learn policy conference titled "Averting Educational Crisis: Successful Strategies for NY" on Feb. 11 in Albany, NY. For more presentations and materials from the conference visit www.aqeny.org/feb-11-2013-conference.

Dr. Michael Fullan provided the keynote speech at AQE's Opportunity to Learn policy conference titled "Averting Educational Crisis: Successful Strategies for NY" on Feb. 11 in Albany, NY. For more presentations and materials from the conference visit www.aqeny.org/feb-11-2013-conference.

We Must Confront the Opportunity Gap in Education

Inequities between wealthy and low-income districts in New York has resulted in a gaping $8,601 per pupil spending gap. "Confronting the Opportunity Gap," a new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund, lays out how New York is a leader in educational inequity and how the state could go about reforming its education system to ensure access and opportunity for each and every student.

The achievement gap is better understood as an opportunity gap where systemic inequities in access to educational resources and opportunities hinder students' ability to achieve their full potential in the classroom.

Confronting the Opportunity Gap

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-02-28
Author: 
The Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

The achievement gap is better understood as an opportunity gap. So rather than focusing on achievement standards, education reform efforts should focus on remedying the systemic inequities in access to resources and opportunities that cause those achievement gaps and prevent students from achieving at their full potential.

NY Allies Convene in Albany for Opportunity to Learn Policy Conference

OTL allies from across New York convened in Albany last week for a conference on educational opportunity. "Averting Educational Crisis: Successful Strategies for NY," focused how to implement policies that would expand opportunity, increase access to high quality early childhood education, and reform school discipline to keep students in the classroom rather than barring them from school.

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NY Allies Convene in Albany for OTL Policy Conference
Solutions Not Suspensions, Fair Funding and Early Education

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