OTL Campaign Newsletter 
October 5, 2011
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OTL HIGHLIGHTS

New Yorkers rally statewide against school cuts
The "School Cuts Hurt" Week of Action brought out parents, students and community members from across New York state to protest the devastating $1.3 billion in education budget cuts pushed through earlier this year by Gov. Cuomo. Read more>

Collaboration, NOT blaming teachers, is the solution
New research shows that playing the blame game against teachers is an unproductive strategy for improving educational opportunity. Rutgers professors Saul Rubenstein and Charles Heckscher provide compelling examples of how union and district collaboration can mean success for everyone, especially students. Read more>

Mass. education activists and advocates convene in Boston
Organizations and advocates from all across the state came together at the Massachusetts Opportunity to Learn Education Summit on September 24th in Boston. View photos from the event and stay tuned for the next steps and action plans that came out of it!

David Sciarra: Gov. Christie 'posing' as reformer
David Sciarra, the Executive Director of the Education Law Center, reveals the truth behind the five "myths" that N.J. Gov. Chris Christie perpetuates in statements he has made in his attacks of the state's 2008 School Funding Reform Act (SFRA), which, when fully funded, uses an "equitable school finance formula" to adequately fund school districts. Read more>

Noguera: Address education, poverty together
Poverty is not a learning disability, says the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. Poor kids can achieve, poor kids can thrive, under the right conditions. It is our responsibility to give ALL children equal access to the resources they need to achieve and thrive academically, socially and civically. Read more>

RESOURCES
Action kit: Ending the school to jail pipeline
The overuse of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and school-based arrests across has pushed many youths -- especially those of color -- out of school and into jail. The Advancement Project's action kit is intended to help parents, youth, advocates and educators address the school-to-prison pipeline so they can create better learning environments. Read more>

The College Payoff: Opportunity, Lifetime Earnings
A new study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce confirms that the value of a college degree is increasing. The study shows that people with bachelor's degrees earn 84 percent more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma, up from 75 percent in 1999. Read more>

Public education's pathway to a Pre-K-12 future
This report, released by The Pew Center on the States, urges our nation's policymakers to move our public education from a K-12 to a Pre-K-12 system. The report outlines how starting children earlier will be more effective in developing the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school. Read more>

IN THE NEWS
  • Teachers paid less in schools with more children of color: According to an analysis released last week by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, teachers in schools that serve the top quintile of African-American and Latino students are paid substantially less than the average teacher in the same districts. Read more>

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