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.
 Since President Obama took office, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Right (OCR) has significantly outperformed its Bush era counterpart,writes Nandra Kareem Nittle, a reporter on race relations. The OCR today is working harder to enforce the 1964 Civil Right Act, particularly its Title 6 provision, which prevents discrimination in programs, like public schools, that receive federal financial assistance. Whereas the OCR under Bush launched only 22 compliance reviews in its entire 8 year run, Obama's OCR has launched 30 in just 33 months.
In their statewide effort, “School Cuts Hurt: Week of Action,” the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action of New York are calling on communities across the state to send Gov. Andrew Cuomo the unmistakable message that slashing education funding is already having a detrimental effect on children. “Schools opened their doors with fewer teachers & staff as well as reduced (or eliminated) sports, tutoring, advanced placement courses and other important programs,” according to organizers.