OTL Campaign Newsletter 
October 17, 2012
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  Massachusetts Advocates for Children's Kim Janey Fights for Access to High Quality Schools for All Students!

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OTL HIGHLIGHTS

Kim Janey
New Coalition: Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood
A coalition of advocacy, civil rights and social justice organizations and parents has emerged in the debate over a new student assignment plan in Boston Public Schools. Kim Janey, one of the lead organizers of the new coalition and a former BPS parent, explains that the issue at stake is ensuring access to high quality schools for all Boston students. Given the city's history with desegregation in the 1970s, "the nation is watching to see if the city can once and for all break free of its ugly past or whether it will be doomed to repeat history by denying children of color access to quality educational opportunities." Read more>

Arkansas Advocacy and Organizing Month
Arkansas Advocacy and Organizing Month!
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has declared October to be Arkansas Advocacy & Organizing Month, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has joined with grassroots organizing groups and advocacy organizations (many of whom we're proud to partner with in the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign) to celebrate the positive impact advocacy has on communities. Read more>

Alliance for Quality Education
Winners, Losers and Competitive Grants
In a new report, the Alliance for Quality Education (one of our New York allies) criticizes the state's competitive grant program and says that by forcing schools to compete for funding rather than allocating that money to the schools that need it most, the state is creating a "system of education winners and losers" that denies struggling schools and their students a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. Read more>

Wellesley Centers for Women
It's Our Time: The Empathy Gap for Girls of Color
When Linda Charmaraman created the Wellesley Centers for Women project “Promoting Public Awareness of the Road to Educational Equity for Girls of Color,” her mission was to build a public forum to discuss the ongoing educational equity issues for girls of color in the Boston area. She traveled from Dorchester to Roxbury, from the superintendent offices of the Boston Public Schools to the Opportunity to Learn Education Summit in Washington, DC, and met with girls who were tired of negative stereotypes about their achievement capacities and the lack of attention paid to them by the district.
Read more>

Education Voters PA
PA Advocates Want Fairness in School Discipline
In Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania, Black students are suspended at nearly 5 times the rate of their White peers and twice the rate of Black students around the country. At a forum hosted by the Education Law Center (ELC) and Education Voters of Pennsylvania (EVPA) on October 5th, advocates addressed the issue of school climate and the harsh discipline policies behind those dire statistics. They shared success stories and strategies that communities, organizations and school personnel are using to change their schools. Read more>

RESOURCES

Civil Rights Project
Separate Remains Extremely Unequal
A report from the Civil Rights Project at the University of California Los Angeles documents the dramatic resegregation of our nation's schools in the past two decades. Students of color face a "double segregation by both race and poverty," and as a result, a disproportionate number of students of color and low-income students are increasingly denied access to high quality educational resources and opportunities. Read more>

IN THE NEWS
  • Why the 'Market Theory' of Education Reform Doesn't Work: Competition and privatization are "as American as apple pie," but in the case of education reform, totally inappropriate proposals. Mark Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, explains why choice and marketplace dynamics won't ensure that every student has access to a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. Read more>

  • Closing the Gap with Early Childhood Education: The link between quality early childhood education and improved academic outcomes can't be stressed enough, especially with regard to ensuring children from low-income families don't face a "poverty of words" in vocabulary acquisition that leaves them at a disadvantage entering Kindergarten. As Ginia Bellafante explains in the New York Times, "We want equal opportunity; we also want children to know what words like 'equal' and 'opportunity' mean." Read more>

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