OTL Campaign Newsletter January 17, 2014


Day of Action Video Recap

Better Than a New Year's Card...
It's a Video Recap of the National Day of Action!


Say Thanks

Thank Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder for standing up against the school-to-prison pipeline!

Take Action

Sign the Declaration!

Add your name to the OTL Campaign's "Education Declaration" and support the growing national movement for equity and opportunity in education.
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Charter School Forum

Have Chater Schools Broken Their Promise? A Public Forum
Jan. 28 – Roxbury, MA
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Discipline Reform

Huge Win: Obama Admin. Backs Discipline Reform

In a big step forward for school discipline reform and the many advocates and organizers nationwide fighting to end the school-to-prison pipeline, the federal govenment released recommendations to end the use of harsh and discriminatory discipline policies. Learn how you can implement the positive alternatives outlined by the administration with two OTL policy guides. Read more>

New Policy Guide: YOU Can Support Great Teaching

New Policy Guide

A groundbreaking new state policy guide from the OTL Campaign and six other national partners shows advocates and policymakers how to build a system that creates and supports great teachers for every student. Read more>

1,500 Organizers Tell Albany "No More Excuses!"

Albany Fair Funding Rally

Over 1,500 students and education organizers rallied in Albany on Jan. 14 to demand fair school funding in New York State. Led by the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action of NY, the protesters are trying to reverse years of budget cuts and entrenched inequality. Read more>

Budget Cuts Harm Philly Students' College Prospects

School counselors

Due to budget cuts, Philadelphia students face a two-week wait to talk to their school counselors about college applications. OTL youth allies show why counselors are a vital resource no school should be without. Read more>

AR OTL Lays Out Next Steps for Education Equity

Arkansas OTL

Education organizers in Arkansas held a press conference at the state capitol highlighting the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and how additional reforms like pre-k and afterschool programs can help all students succeed. Read more>

Boston Students Meet With Mayor on Education

Boston Students

Following a Town Hall event that was part of the Deceber 9 National Day of Action, student organizers in Boston met with Mayor Marty Walsh and his transition team to present solutions for improving the city's schools. Read more>

Fair Funding on Trial in Kansas... and 10 Other States

Fair Funding Lawsuit

In an op-ed for the New York Times, David Sciarra, Executive Director of the Education Law Center, shows how a Kansas lawsuit over the state's failure to adequately fund its public schools is part of a national pattern of budget cuts and inequity in education. Read more>

Beginning of the End of Sanctions-Driven Reform?

Education Opportunity Network

By Jeff Bryant, EON
Zero-tolerance school discipline policies and high-stakes testing go hand-in-hand to create the school-to-prison pipeline. Are these policies finally starting to fall out of favor? Read more>


Better Education = Better Health and Longer Lives

Better Health Better Education

A new issue brief (and video!) from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows why better educational opportunities lead to better health and longer lives. Education matters more now than ever before. Read more>

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