January 29th, 2016



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Join the Feb. 17 Nationwide Walk-Ins for the Schools All Our Children Deserve

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools is linking together parents, educators, students, school staff and community members in dozens of cities across the country on February 17 as they WALK-IN to support the quality public schools that all our students deserve. Mark your calendar, and find the event nearest you! Read more >

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Pennsylvania: Still. No. Budget. Still.

Education Voters of PA has been working tirelessly to ensure Pennsylvania children and families have education funding that is fair and equitable. As EVPA notes in a recent blogpost, a partial budget passed in December is a far cry from what is needed to move the state forward: "the public isn’t happy about another budget that fails to fairly and adequately fund schools." Read more >
News from the OTL Network

New Webinar: ESSA Overview

The Coalition for Community Schools is holding a webinar series on ESSA. This first one provides an overview of ESSA including key changes from NCLB and what this means for community schools from Coalition Director of Public Policy Mary Kingston Roche. Noelle Ellerson, Associate Executive Director of the School Superintendents Association, will share the superintendent’s perspective on the opportunities this new law affords community partners to work more strongly with school districts. RSVP >

A Failing Grade for K-12 State Takeovers

Georgia and Pennsylvania are poised to implement sweeping school turnaround plans in the form of state takeovers. The proposals double down on unproven governance strategies that reduce community voice in education and apply a cookie-cutter approach to the specific challenges confronting individual schools. Read more >

Does Money Matter in Education?

In this updated edition of the Shanker Institute's 2012 report, Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker looks at the latest research and confirms that yes, money matters! "[O]n average, aggregate measures of per-pupil spending are positively associated with improved or higher student outcomes." Read more >

Spending in Nation’s Schools Falls Yet Again

The nation’s per-pupil spending on K-12 public schools dropped in 2013 for the third year in a row, reversing more than a decade of funding increases. State governments in at least 31 states are contributing less to public education than they did in 2008, before the recession. Read more >

Victory for Discipline Reform in Houston!

This month Houston Independent School District became the first large district in Texas to ban suspensions of young students. This is a significant turnaround from late last year, when the proposal failed to garner enough votes. Read more>

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