Pennsylvania

Solutions Not Suspensions! A Call for a Moratorium on Out-of-School Suspensions

Today the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign is joining forces with the Dignity in Schools Campaign to launch Solutions Not Suspensions, a call for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions. Every year, 3.3 million students in the United States are suspended from school, causing them to miss critical learning time, as well as opportunities to grow and succeed. Recent federal data show that Black and Latino students and students with disabilities are disproportionately targeted by suspensions. Solutions Not Suspension is calling on states and districts to support teachers and schools in dealing with discipline in positive ways – keeping students in the classroom and helping educators work with students and parents to create safe and engaging classrooms that protect the human rights to education and dignity.

Solutions Not Suspensions

The National Opportunity to Learn Campaign and the Dignity in Schools Campaign Launch National Initiative on School Discipline

"They Took the Future Out of the Budget!"

"Project 2012: Ending the Education Apocalypse" is the most awesome piece of student activism you'll see all week, guaranteed. Students from Youth United for Change, PhillyCAM and Art Factory produced this short "docu-music video" chronicling the effects of school closures on students, teachers and communities.

Things aren't looking great for public education in Pennsylvania, particularly in Philadelphia where budget cuts and a push for privatization are threatening the mere existence of the city's public schools. City education officials are currently considering a restructuring plan that would close 64 schools, downside the central district offices, and restructure the remaining schools into "achievement networks," some of which would be handed over to charter management organizations.

Advocate Summit in PA: Learn How You Can Help Your Schools!

With public schools in Pennsylvania taking blow after blow from budget cuts and policymakers bent on privatizing the state's education system, the state needs strong advocates for its schools now more than ever. Education Voters of Pennsylvania, an OTL Campaign ally, will be hosting an all-day Advocate Summit on Sept. 22nd. Come to the event and learn about education policy in PA and how to organize in your local community. We need your passion and your voice to ensure all students have a fair and equitable opportunity to learn!

With public schools in Pennsylvania taking blow after blow from budget cuts and policymakers bent on privatizing the state's education system, the state needs strong advocates for its schools now more than ever. Education Voters of Pennsylvania, an OTL Campaign ally, will be hosting an all-day Advocate Summit on Sept. 22nd. Come to the event and learn about education policy in PA and how to organize in your local community.

A Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting a Human Rights Framework for Schools

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-08-01
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

The Dignity in Schools Campaign Model Code on Education and Dignity presents a set of recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education, dignity, participation and freedom from discrimination. The Code is the culmination of several years of research and dialogue with students, parents, educators, advocates and researchers who came together to envision a school system that supports all children and young people in reaching their full potential.

Privatization As a Solution? Wrong. Try Again.

In her annual Message on Public Education, Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness at the United Church of Christ Justice, denounces the privatization of public education as the abdication of our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic nation to provide all children with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. The 10-page Message also functions as a primer on how different aspects of the privatization movement (from vouchers to education management organizations to charters and online schools) are undermining the principles of fairness and opportunity that our country holds so dear.

In her annual Message on Public Education, Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness at the United Church of Christ Justice, denounces the privatization of public education as the abdication of our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic nation to provide all children with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.

Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion From School

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2012-08-07
Author: 
Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA's Civil Rights Project
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

This report analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on school discipline and suspensions in the 2009-10 school year to reveal the unconscionable disparities regarding which students are pushed out of the classroom through out-of-school suspensions.The source data covers 7,000 school districts and represents 85 percent of all public school students, making this report the first and most comprehensive analysis of the impact of out nation's school discipline policies.

Millions of Students Locked Out of the Classroom

17 percent of all African-American students received out-of-school suspensions in the 2009-2010 school year compared to 7 percent of Latino students and just 5 percent of White students. Even more shocking, 25 percent of African-American students with disabilities were suspended the same year. In "Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion From School," the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the UCLA's Civil Rights Project analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on school discipline and suspensions in the 2009-10 school year. The comprehensive report reveals the unconscionable disparities regarding which students are pushed out of the classroom and locked out of school.

17 percent of all African-American students received out-of-school suspensions in the 2009-2010 school year compared to 7 percent of Latino students and just 5 percent of White students. Even more shocking, 25 percent of African-American students with disabilities were suspended the same year.

How to Measure the Well-Being of Our Children

The 2012 version of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual "KIDS COUNT Data Book" provides a wealth of information about the well-being of our nation's children, including state-by-state data on educational opportunities, economic security, access to healthcare and family and community environments. The report illustrates the deep disparities between children of color and their White peers and between children from wealthy and low-income families in access to the opportunities and supports necessary to succeed in school and in life. Overall, the report finds that a higher percentage of students of color are living in poverty, not attending preschool, not graduating on time and don't have health insurance compared to non-Hispanic White children.

National Report Card: Is School Funding Fair?

Far too many states continue to deny public schools the essential resources they need to provide every child with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. The Second Edition of Education Law Center's Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card rates the 50 states on the basis of four "fairness indicators" - funding level, funding distribution, state fiscal effort, and public school coverage - and provides the most in-depth analysis to date of state education finance systems.

Far too many states continue to deny public schools the essential resources they need to provide every child with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. The Second Edition of Education Law Center's Is School Funding Fair?

Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card (Second Edition)

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2012-06-22
Author: 
Education Law Center
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

The Second Edition of the National Report Card on public school funding, Is School Funding Fair?, shows that far too many states continue to deny public schools the essential resources they need to meet the needs of the nation's 53 million students and to boost academic achievement. The National Report Card rates the 50 states on the basis of four "fairness indicators" - funding level, funding distribution, state fiscal effort, and public school coverage. The Report provides the most in-depth analysis to date of state education finance systems and school funding fairness across the nation. How does your state measure up? 

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