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NY Supreme Court Rules Parents Deserve Voice in Ed Budget Process

In a lawsuit filed by New York City parents and the Education Law Center's Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the State Supreme Court ruled that the city had "flagrantly violated" a law meant to give parents and communities a voice in the development of the city's education budget:

In order for public education to be a truly public institution, parents and community members should have the opportunity to learn about what goes on in their local schools and give their input. Though this seems like one of those no-brainer policies, parents in New York City have been forced to take the issue to the State Supreme Court to ensure their right to have a voice in their children's education. 

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How to End the "Suspension Spike" in NYC's Middle Schools

A new report from New York City Comptroller John Liu compares the city's pervasive use of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools to the city's controversial and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices. While the report is particular to NYC schools, its analysis of the school pushout crisis and what needs to change can be readily applied to any district in the country, which makes it a terrific resources for advocates and organizers.

A new report from New York City Comptroller John Liu compares the city's pervasive use of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools to the city's controversial and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices.

The Suspension Spike: Changing the Discipline Culture in NYC's Middle Schools

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-23
Author: 
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

A report from New York City Comptroller John Liu compares the city's pervasive use of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools to the city's controversial and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices. While the report is particular to NYC schools, its analysis of the school pushout crisis and what needs to change can be readily applied to any district in the country, which makes it a terrific resources for advocates and organizers.

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Growing Fairness: Documentary on Restorative Justice (Teaser)

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

Growing Fairness is an upcoming documentary film, workshop series, and online toolkit resource for school communities to use as they begin the project of implementing restorative justice in classrooms. It tells the story of school climate, alternatives to punitive discipline, and the real impact of zero-tolerance on young people and school communities in New York and Oakland. The film and resources were created by Teachers Unite, one of the original members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, and will be available in full starting September 2013. 

Growing Fairness is an upcoming documentary film, workshop series, and online toolkit resource for school communities to use as they begin the project of implementing restorative justice in classrooms. It tells the story of school climate, alternatives to punitive discipline, and the real impact of zero-tolerance on young people and school communities in New York and Oakland.

Debunking the Myths of School Closures

Education officials use a variety of justifications to defend the closures, citing everything from budget concerns to promises of better opportunities for students. But as this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates, these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny. Here's what the evidence from past and current school closures says.

In cities across the country, education officials are closing public schools en masse, impacting thousands of students, disproportionately those from communities of color or low-income families. Officials use a variety of justifications to defend the closures, citing everything from budget concerns to promises of better opportunities for students. But as this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates, these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny.

2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Author: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

NY State's Not-So-Stellar Education Policy Report Card

A new report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar.

A new report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar.

Are We There Yet? College and Career Readiness Report Card

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-02
Type: 
reports

This report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar. The report card finds that the state is moving in the right direction only in expanding access to pre-K and creating community schools. Otherwise, New York's policymakers are failing to ensure equity for all students in areas like expanded learning time, providing challenging and engaging curriculum, school climate, and school funding. Providing these resources and opportunities are the standards by which every state and and policymaker should be held accountable.

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Reclaiming the Education Conversation: Zakiyah Ansari

Publication Date: 
Sat, 2013-06-15

Zakiyah Ansari, a parent organizers with the NY-based Alliance for Quality Education, discusses the importance of engaging parents, students, teachers and community members in the education reform process. Current policies, which focus on high-stakes testing and accountability, overlook the needs of struggling students and under-resourced schools. Advocates and community organizers across the country, particularly students, are fighting back and demanding that their voices be heard as part of a growing national movement for change.

Zakiyah Ansari, a parent organizers with the NY-based Alliance for Quality Education, discusses the importance of engaging parents, students, teachers and community members in the education reform process. Current policies, which focus on high-stakes testing and accountability, overlook the needs of struggling students and under-resourced schools. Advocates and community organizers across the country, particularly students, are fighting back and demanding that their voices be heard as part of a growing national movement for change.

Webinar Video and Resources: How do you fit into the equity movement?

In the education world, there are a lot of issues to debate, from school funding and pre-K access to school discipline and teaching quality. On June 19th, the OTL Campaign held a webinar for organizers to discuss messaging strategies for building successful, multi-issue campaigns in their states and communities. Click to watch the video!

In the education world, there are a lot of issues to debate, from school funding and pre-K access to school discipline and teaching quality. On June 19th, the OTL Campaign held a webinar for organizers to discuss messaging strategies for building successful, multi-issue campaigns in their states and communities. (Scroll down for video!)

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