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 U.S. economy has a flat tire. Our economy is flagging and our infrastructure is crumbling. One way to get the nation back on the road to prosperity is to articulate a new national vision for education and investment in our public schools. That’s exactly what nations who haven’t lost their AAA credit rating are doing. And it’s also what the United States is not doing. Instead, our elected officials continue to kick the proverbial can down the road while these countries – such as Canada, Finland and Singapore – swiftly pass us by.
A Colorado panel of lawmakers and police have rightly called for the end – or at least the scaling back – of strict disciplinary policies, also known as zero-tolerance. In a post-Columbine world, school systems quickly implemented harsh discipline policies that punished all offenders equally regardless of whether the offense involved a weapon or just a kid talking back to a teacher. Such measures have proven counterproductive, and have studies have shown that children of color and low-income students have been disproportionately affected by these policies.
Transitions are seldom easy, but they provide are an opportunity to re-evaluate priorities and set new directions. That’s why Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters Pennsylvania, is urging her city to take its time before hiring a new superintendent of schools to create a new vision and direction for the city’s public school system. Coming together now around a clear mandate and plan for expanding educational opportunity now will help the district find the right person for this critical position. Here’s what Susan writes:
It's no secret that high rates of out-of-school suspensions have a significant negative impact on students' educational experiences and their opportunity to learn. When students are suspended -- often for non-violent offenses such as wearing inappropriate attire or talking back to a teacher -- they are not in class learning, and the chances skyrocket that they will not graduate on time or will drop out altogether. Take for instance the Buffalo, N.Y...
We know that vouchers fail in at least two ways. First, vouchers do not raise student achievement. They also hyper-segregate schools, typically by excluding students with disabilities, students learning English, and children from low-wealth families. Nevertheless, a large school district in Colorado adopted a plan to use about $3 million of its public education tax revenues to start a voucher program in the 2011-12 school year. Most of the private schools where the Douglas County School District wanted to pay tuitions are religious schools that require teachers, parents, and potential students to agree to religious tenets.