OTL Campaign Newsletter 
January 11, 2012

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AQE Logo Over 500 Rally in Albany to demand education equity
On Tuesday, hundreds rallied in Albany on behalf of New York students, calling on NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to prioritize equity and education opportunity in his public school budget. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who attended the rally, pledged his support. Read more>

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In Finland Model, we forget the country has only public schools
As PEN highlights in its most recent newsletter, an article in The Atlantic points out that U.S. education reform discussions tend to overlook a key point about education superpower Finland, namely, that there are no private schools. Read more>

John Kuhn Social and economic inequalities, not teachers, are holding students back
Education reform is about more than just holding teachers accountable to test scores - it's about social justice. John Kuhn, superintendent of the Perrin-Whitt School District in TX, writes passionately about the need to fix our nation's social and economic inequalities as the key to closing achievement gaps. Read more>

Maryland: Total Revenue Per Student Graph
Maryland offers successful model for reforming school finance
Michael Holzman, senior research consultant for the Schott Foundation for Public Education, illustrates how Maryland's standards-based education financing system, which uses state funds to "top-off" local district revenue, drastically reduces the funding disparities between its wealthiest and poorest schools. Read more>

Disparities in school funding: To each according to his income
Paging Robin Hood. A review of Department of Education per-student expenditure data for Title I and non-Title I schools reveals that Title I schools get less state and local resources per student than non-Title I schools, even within the same district. Read more>

Diane Ravitch
Diane Ravitch's OTL Summit speech featured on Washington Post Blog
The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss featured Diane Ravitch's powerful December speech on her blog "The Answer Sheet." Read more>


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17 ways to revive your organization's Facebook page
Make Facebook work for you using these helpful tips from Spark Action's communications toolkit. Learn how to support your action and increase your impact using social media website by doing everything from adding "Like" buttons to posting diverse content. Read more>

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