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August 9, 2011
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OTL HIGHLIGHTS
  • Save Our Schools March: United for high-quality public education
    Community leaders, parents, students and educators from across the nation -- including advocates with the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, Linda Darling-Hammond and actor Matt Damon -- joined forces July 30 in Washington, D.C., to push for greater federal accountability in the effort to save our country's schools and restore our public education system to its former world-class status. Read more>

  • Pedro Noguera: Texas-style discipline puts suspension first
    Too many people may want to ignore the hard reality in the recently released Texas school discipline data -- and the all too similar picture in other states. But across the country groups like the Alliance for Educational Justice, Dignity in Schools Campaign, and Advancement Project are organizing to build public will for action. Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University, draws attention to the damaging effects of school-to-prison pipelines in this Huffington Post blog. Read more>

  • VOYCE: The high price of zero tolerance
    In addition to being ineffective, zero tolerance is expensive, according to research that the student-led Voices of Youth in Chicago Education recently conducted. For instance, VOYCE found that in 2011 Chicago Public Schools spent $51.4 million on security guards but only $3.5 million on college coaches. Spendingmore money on school-based police officers, metal detectors, and surveillance cameras only prevents the system from investing money on social services that would actually benefit the mental health and engagement of students. Read more>

  • School vouchers have little effect on student achievement
    The Center on Education Policy reviewed a decade of voucher research and found no positive impact on student academic achievement, as well as mixed outcomes overall for students who attend private schools using vouchers. In its new report, CEP also summarizes current publicly funded voucher programs and reflects on voucher policies since 2000. Read the full report here and find additional OTL resources on this topic >

RESOURCES
  • An evaluation of NYC's Schoolwide Performance Bonuses Program
    This report analyzes the effectiveness of the Schoolwide Performance Bonuses Program, which is an effort to improve student performance through school-based financial incentives. The three-year study, which found that the program did little to improve student achievement, examined student test scores; teacher, school staff, and administrator surveys; and interviews with administrators, staff members, program sponsors, and union and district officials. Read more>
IN THE NEWS
  • Colo. lawsuit sheds disparities in state's education system: The hearings began last week for Lobato vs. State of Colorado, one of the most provocative education lawsuits in the state's history. The lawsuit alleges that state supplies schools with too little while demanding high standards and violates two clauses of its own constitution. If the judge rules in the plaintiff's favor, the state could end up spending an additional $2 billion to $4 billion on education. Read more>

  • Education advocates march on Washington: Teachers, education advocates and parents marching on Washington, D.C., in part of the Save Our Schools Rally vented frustration at the Obama administration and the existence of the No Child Left Behind Act, a policy that has imposed unfair penalties on the poorest schools and used standardized testing to make teacher tenure and termination decisions. Read more>

  • Editorial: One way to guarantee more trouble: The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released a report that found that nearly 6 in 10 public school students in Texas were suspended or expelled at least once between 7th and 12th grade. The study raises alarms for states to re-examine disciplinary policies, as the disastrous practice puts kids at far greater risk of being held back, dropping out or ending up in the juvenile justice system. Read more>

  • Mass. school funding formula is outdated: In this op-ed, Sen. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jason Lewis (D-Mass.) call for an adequacy study as the first step to fixing the state's Chapter 70 funding formula and to ensure that all communities have the resources they need to provide their children with quality education. According to Sen. Clark and Rep. Lewis, the formula is "outdated, inadequate, and does not treat all communities fairly." Read more>

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