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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!)

New Yorkers Chart New Direction in Testing and Accountability

After twelve years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City schools have become a disturbing poster child for the punitive use and abuse of high-stakes tests. Now, with Bloomberg stepping down at the end of his term, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools (NY-GPS) has released a plan to help the next mayor chart a new direction in both testing and accountability.

After twelve years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City schools have become a disturbing poster child for the punitive use and abuse of high-stakes tests. Now, with Bloomberg stepping down at the end of his term, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools (NY-GPS) has released a plan to help the next mayor chart a new direction in both testing and accountability.

Charting a New Direction in Testing and Accountability

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2013-06-17
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

After twelve years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City schools have become a disturbing poster child for the punitive use and abuse of high-stakes tests. New Yorkers for Great Public Schools (NY-GPS) charts a new direction in both testing and accountability that will improve schools, rather than punish or sanction them. The recommendations include: alternative assessments for student learning and school progress, testing as diagnosis to create a school improvement infrastructure, an overhaul of single-test admissions.

State: 

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."

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Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

Sign on and add your voice!

Must-Watch Speech by Nihkil Goyal at One Voice United

Nikhil Goyal, 18-year-old author of Once Size Does Not Fit All and all-around amazing young voice fighting for public education, gave a must-watch speech last weekend at the One Voice United rally in Albany, NY.

Nikhil Goyal, 18-year-old author of Once Size Does Not Fit All and all-around amazing young voice fighting for public education, gave a must-watch speech last weekend at the One Voice United rally in Albany, NY. 

He gave special attention to the students across the country who are standing up and taking ownership of the issues affecting their schools and their education. 

State: 

Health Equity Key to Ensuring Kids Ready for Class

Gerry Cobb, Director of State Services, BUILD Initiative

The BUILD Initiative recently invited teams from eight states across the country to participate in a two-day “mock grant opportunity" focused on developing state-level plans to eliminate disparities in young children's access to health services. Ensuring all students are healthy and ready for school is a key part of closing the opportunity gap in education.

This post originally appeared on the BUILD Initiative's website. BUILD works to encourage public investments in early learning and services that support children both in and outside the classroom. 

Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2013-06-03
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities and implementing positive discipline strategies.

The "Dirty Dozen": How Charters Influence Enrollment

Proponents of charter schools and charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment. A report from the National Education Policy Center describes 12 practices that charter schools use to push out or discourage enrollment of students with special needs, those with low test scores, English learners, or students in poverty.

Charter schools get a lot of hype in our nation's education debate, yet proponents of charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment.

Federal Civil Rights Complaint: NYC Schools Set Up to Fail

Parents and community groups from New York City filed a federal civil rights complaint against the city's Department of Education charging that the high school admissions process is concentrating high-needs students in schools that can't meet their needs, thereby setting hundreds of schools up for failure and denying students a fair opportunity to learn.

OTL allies from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and Education Law Center are helping parents and community groups from New York City file a federal civil rights complaint against the city's Department of Education (NYDOE).

How the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Won NY Fair Funding Lawsuit

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-05-28

In 2006, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) won a major fair funding lawsuit against the State of New York, and policymakers promised to institute a more equitable school funding system. Though the state has since walked back that promise due to the recession and years of cuts to the education budget, it's worth understanding just how CFE made it's successful case. Michael Rebell, one of the lawyers on the CFE case, explains how his team argued that for all students to meet state standards, the state must commit to providing them with equitable funding. Anything less was a violation of the state's constitutional obligation to provide students with "a sound, basic education."

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