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!)
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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."