OTL Campaign Newsletter 
November 2, 2011

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Occupy Education: Tools you can use
While Occupy protesters across the nation (and internationally) are criticizing economic disparities and political corruption, education activists are applying the Occupy movement's message to education reform. Check out the OTL Campaign's resources and tools you can use to join the protest, including talking points and Op-Eds from The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof and The Huffington Post.. Read more>

Most NYC high school grads not college-ready
Only one in four students who enter high school in New York City is ready for college after four years, and less than half enroll, according to the A-through-F high school report cards released on Monday. The statistics also signal that graduation rates, long used by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as a validation of his education policies, are not as meaningful as they seemed. Read more>

Primer on corporate education reform
Stan Karp, the Director of the Secondary Reform project at New Jersey's Education Law Center, criticizes the corporate attitude pervading education "reform" efforts across the nation. Changing the way schools and classrooms function, attacking teachers' collective bargaining rights, and cutting school funding, "undermine public education and facilitate its replacement by a market-based system that would do for school what the market has done for health care, housing, and employment: produce profits and opportunities for a few and unequal outcomes and access for the many," Karp argues. Read more>

Effective teaching as a civil right
"Despite growing evidence that expert teachers are critical to educational achievement, well-prepared and effective teachers are the most unequally distributed educational resource in the United States," writes Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, in an article for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Read more>

Casey report: Jailing youths is a "failed strategy"
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that youth incarceration does not reduce future offending, provides no overall benefit to public safety, wastes taxpayer dollars and exposes youth to high levels of violence and abuse. Only 12 percent of incarcerated youths in 2007 were convicted for violent offences, and of that a disproportionate number are youths of color. Read more>

  • Will revamped NCLB law be less test-obsessed? Monty Neill, the Executive Director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, applauds Sen. Tom Harkins for removing a provision in his revision of the NCLB legislation that would have mandated teacher and principal evaluations. However, Monty still criticizes the proposed bill for not changing the fundamental "test-and-punish paradigm" of education reform policy. Read more>

  • Diane Ravitch: Will San Diego's public schools survive? The San Diego Unified School District has turned itself around by fostering cooperation between teachers and administrators and focusing on "community-based school reform," writes Diane Ravitch. But like many other districts, San Diego has faced devastating fiscal cuts that may force it to declare bankruptcy. Read more>

  • Bucking national trend, some New York students slip on NAEP: The nation's report card shows that NY was one of just two states to post statistically significant declines on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a biennial assessment administered by the National Center for Education Statistics. Read more>

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