National Opportunity to Learn Network

Schott’s Opportunity to Learn Network (OTL) unites a nationwide coalition of Schott grantees and allied organizations working to secure a high quality public education for all students.

By creating a space to highlight and celebrate grassroots organizing, share success stories and provide resources, OTL strives to create real and substantial change in our public education system. OTL advocates for supports­-based education reform, one that provides all students with access to crucial resources and opportunities such as early education, wraparound supports, fair school discipline, well­-supported teachers, and equitable school funding. To support our network of advocates and organizers, OTL provides regular updates on current grantee campaigns, publishes policy guides, infographics and other resources, and hosts summits and other network building events, all of which can be found below.

The Latest from the OTL Network

The latest from the Schott Foundation and our allies.
The income-related achievement gap between wealthy and poor children has widened to more drastic proportions than the gap between students of color and their white peers.
The DREAM Act may have stalled at the federal level, but New York advocates aren't about to let that stop them. The New York State Board of Regents and officials from the state Department of Education announced last week that they support extending the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to all students, regardless of their immigration status.
In just a few weeks, the Schott Foundation for Public Education will honor several extraordinary education leaders from around the nation at its 2011 National Opportunity to Learn Education Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit, “Uniting Communities for Education Justice and Action,” will be an exciting gathering of philanthropic leaders, state and federal policymakers, education reform advocates and youth activists from across the country. There's still time to register and join us!
Since the passage of the state budget, many in Wisconsin have wondered what impact a $1.6 billion cut would mean for schools and students. Now we know. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently released data that show clearly how the budget has had a huge negative impact on the state's schools.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo got the attention of public school advocates across the Empire State when he campaigned as “the Great Equalizer” for schools that would not be afraid to steer money from wealthy districts to poor under-resourced districts. But not only has he failed to deliver on that promise, but a new report details just how far in the other direction the state has gone since he was elected.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows little change from the achievement gaps recorded in 2009. At this rate it will take 30 years in Grade 4 Reading and 50 years in Grade 4 Mathematics for the gap to close at that level and 80 years in Grade 8 Reading and more than 30 years in Grade 8 Mathematics.
In a new chapter in the paperback edition of her best-selling book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," education historian Diane Ravitch continues her critique of education reform into the present era under the Obama administration.
The San Diego Unified School District is in trouble, reports Diane Ravitch in a recent piece for Education Week. The district, which weathered a decade of harmful business-led top-down reform to become a model for administrator-teacher-parent collaboration, has the test scores to back up its new approach. But, like many other school districts, it's struggling financially in the wake of state cuts to the public education budget. 
Appleseed has developed an assessment tool that helps expose inequities. Called the Resource Equity Assessment Document (READ), the tool will be distributed to community partners and school boards to spur action. When armed with data that makes the case for change, community organizations can help school boards reset the balance between impoverished and better-off students.
"Corporate reform" isn't doing anything good for public education, says Stan Karp, the director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey's Education Law Center. Speaking at the Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference in October, Karp criticized the corporate attitude that is guiding major "reform" legislation.