January 26, 2018

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Alliance for Quality Education:
New York State of Education 2018

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Schott Webinar:
Radical Self Care: A Necessary Movement-Building Strategy

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Journey for Justice Alliance National Conference

May 18-20, 2018 - Chicago



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#WeChoose Week: Public Schools, Not Privatization

The Journey for Justice Alliance and coalition partners across the country have been promoting actions all week for the #WeChoose Campaign. Events continue today and into the weekend, including a webinar on Black teachers, letter writing & calling elected officials, and a live online documentary screening. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
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Finding Solutions in Arkansas

Bill Kopsky, Executive Director of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, writes on the importance of using this moment to have the difficult conversations around race, gender and class that can open the path to real solutions:

"Knowledge alone does not create change. We also need to build stronger communities across the lines that divide us. When African Americans, whites, Latinos and other people come together we have the power to create change that will bring opportunity and justice to all."
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News from the Schott Foundation

Native Youth Education & Health: Is Philanthropy up to the Challenge?

The Schott Foundation in partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy, with support from Nike N7, recently released a set of recommendations for helping Native youth live healthy lives. These recommendations came directly from Native American leaders who hold expertise across health, physical fitness, education and youth development sectors. The report, Original Instructions, outlines both challenges and opportunities to philanthropy. It’s a first step towards using our resources to recognize and learn from the resilient Native youth.
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

Will 2018 Be the Year of the Education Activist?

Welcome to 2018. Will this be the year of the teacher? The year of the education activist? The year of resistance to the anti-labor, anti-student nature of much of the education politics and policy in this country? It is too soon to say, but there are signs of hope on the horizon.

Silence, in the face of potentially devastating tax and revenue cuts, may simply not be an option for public school advocates in 2018.
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Black Students in Chicago Suburb District Suspended at Higher Rate

African-American students make up about 6 percent of U46 district's 39,000-plus enrollment but received about 26 percent of all out-of-school suspensions in the 2016-17 school year, according to statistics presented to the U46 school board Monday.

"We are seeing sustained use of discipline that is disproportionate for African-American students," said John Heiderscheidt, the district's director of safety and culture.
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Ohio's Largest Online Charter School Just Imploded

Despite years of critics raising concerns, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's demise happened quickly, after two Ohio Department of Education reviews from 2016 and 2017 found that ECOT had overbilled taxpayers by $80 million for thousands of students it couldn’t show were meeting the department’s enrollment standards.
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National Women's Law Center Sues Betsy DeVos Over Discrimination Against Sexual Violence Survivors

Title IX, the civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, requires that schools treat students who report sexual violence and alleged perpetrators equally: schools can’t decide they value or believe one side more than the other. But DeVos' new policy lets schools give accused students more rights than survivors. It even allows alleged rapists to directly interrogate their victims.
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