Who we are

The Opportunity to Learn (OTL) Campaign unites a growing coalition of advocates and organizers from across the country working to ensure that all students have access to a high quality public education. The Campaign includes local, state and national organizations, grassroots community leaders, policymakers, youth organizers, business leaders and philanthropic partners. 

Standards-based reform, and the high-stakes testing that goes with it, has been our nation's dominant education policy in recent decades. But this approach has done nothing to address the deep inequities in access to educational opportunity, particularly for low-income students and students of color. By focusing solely on the achievement gap, our nation has failed to address the opportunity gap that creates it.

The OTL Campaign advocates for a supports-based reform agenda that provides students with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. These include:

  • High quality early education and grade level reading
  • Equitable funding and resources
  • Student-centered supports
  • Highly prepared and effective teachers
  • College preparatory curriculum
  • Effective school discipline

Read more about these core resources and opportunities here.

All who envision a more just, progressive, and fair society cannot ignore the battle for our nation's educational future. Principals fighting for better schools, teachers fighting for better classrooms, students fighting for greater opportunities, parents fighting for a future worthy of their child's promise – their fight is our fight. We must all join in.