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Struggling NYC Schools Will Get $150 Million Investment in Wraparound Supports

After years of hard work by local organizers fighting for better school resources, NYC Mayor Bill de Balsio announced the city will dedicate $150 million to equip 94 struggling schools with a broad spectrum of wraparound supports to help them improve. 

In an age of punitive school accountability systems and mass school closures, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio won his campaign in part by promising to realize a bold, new, community-driven vision for improving schools.

#WeCantWait Photo Campaign Shows What's Missing in Underfunded Schools

New York State owes its students billions in school funding it refuses to provide. A powerful photo campaign from the Alliance for Quality Education shows exactly what's missing from schools as a result.

New York State owes its students billions in school funding it refuses to provide. Now, a powerful photo campaign from the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) is showing exactly what's missing from schools as a result.

NYC Students Start School Without New Discipline Code

By Dignity in Schools Campaign - New York
1.1 million New York City students started the school year without a new discipline code. DSC-NY, with the support of 16 City Council members and two state assembly members, is calling on the Department of Education and the de Blasio administration to limit punitive discipline practices and promote positive school climates.
p>Dignity in Schools CampaignThe following statement was originally issued by the Dignity in Schools Campaign, an OTL ally.

OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board

Longtime NYC parent organizers Zakiyah Ansari and Ocynthia Williams have been named to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Community Schools Advisory Board. Congrats Zakiyah and Ocynthia!


Zakiyah Ansari (left) of the Alliance for Quality
Education and Ocynthia Williams of United Parents of
Highbridgewere named to the Community Schools
Advisory Baord.

NY Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Gets Inequality "Completely Wrong"

A new lawsuit in New York is challenging teacher tenure, but advocates and organizers point out that the case is merely a distraction from the real inequities that are hurting the state's public schools. Writing in the Times Union, Billy Easton (Alliance for Quality Education) and David Sciarra (Education Law Center) explain what the case gets right––and what it gets completely wrong.


David Sciarra (right) and Billy Easton at a press
conference in March presenting
findings from a
statewide fact-finding tour to document education
inequity in New York public schools.

Help Tell The Story of How Education Advocates Won the NYC Mayoral Elections

Education was a center-stage issue in the New York City 2013 mayoral election thanks to the hard work of advocates and organizers across the city. Now those advocates are making a film chronicling their victory and they need your help! Watch the teaser trailer for "Vision to Victory" and help support the film's production!

Education was a center-stage issue in the New York City 2013 mayoral election thanks to the hard work of advocates and organizers across the city. In the run up to the election, a powerful coalition emerged that engaged the community, shaped the debate and eventually helped elect Bill de Blasio to office. 

Now those advocates are making a film chronicling their victory and they need your help!

NYC To Invest $52 Million in Community Schools

Over the next several years, New York City will invest $52 million to double the number of community schools in the city. These schools act as hubs for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents.

One of best ways to turnaround a struggling school is to transform it into a "community school," a hub for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents. In New York City, advocates and organizers have rallied around the idea of community schools and called for the city to expand the few programs that already exist.

#EduElection: How Grassroots Voices Shaped NYC's Mayoral Election

A new issue of the The Annenberg Institute's Voices in Urban Education chronicles how grassroots organizers in New York City championed a new vision for education reform and shaped the mayoral election that put  Bill de Blasio in office.

It seems the tide might finally be turning in the fight for public education. 

NY State Budget Is a Mix of Victories and Setbacks

This year's budget battle in New York State produced a mix of victories and setbacks for public education advocates. The Alliance for Quality Education published a fact sheet to explain how the funding increases, pre-k expansion and charter school supports will impact the fight for high quality education in the state.

The following press release was written by the Alliance for Quality Education, a NY-based OTL Campaign ally.

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2014

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