OTL Campaign Newsletter 
October 31, 2012
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US Dept. of Justice
Why We Fight For Solutions Not Suspensions
Thanks to the successful advocacy and organizing efforts of OTL allies in MS, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a single lawsuit against the city of Meridian, MS; Lauderdale County, MS; judges of the Lauderdale County Youth Court; and the state itself for helping "operate a school-to-prison pipeline in which the rights of children in Meridian are repeatedly and routinely violated." Read more>

Youth on Board Convening
MA Convening for Student Input on Teacher Evaluations
In 2011 youth advocates in MA won a 4-year campaign to have student voices included in teacher evaluations. Driven by the simple belief that students are the ones in the classroom and they should be asked about their learning experiences, those same MA students hosted a convening with advocates from 10 other states (including many OTL youth allies) to hep them develop messaging and organizing strategies to push for student input in their own states. Read more>

Educate NY Now
Take the Educate NY Now! Express to Albany Protest
On December 5th, Albany-bound buses will leave from cities and towns across New York carrying advocates and organizers to an Educate NY Now! protest event at the state's capitol. Their mission: protest the budget cuts and inequity that are rampant in NY's public school funding system and that are denying children across the state access to a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. Find out how you can hop on a bus or plan a stop in your area! Read more>

VOYCE in Documentary
New Documentary Features Youth Allies in Chicago!
Hats off to the passionate youth advocates at Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) who are the subject of a new documentary about the persistence of racism in our nation's systems of education, health and criminal justice... and the advocates working to end that racism. In addition to these grassroots voices, the documentary also features academics such as Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, anti-racism educator Tim Wise, and prominent school discipline scholar Russell Skiba.
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OTL Wisconsin
Today's Forecast: More School Budget Cuts
Let's do the math: Cut enough funding from Wisconsin's schools and other public services and you will eventually, through lack of spending, end up with a state budget surplus. But rather than shuffle that surplus off to the state's Rainy Day Fund, let's acknowledge that all those cuts have our schools looking under the weather and we need to reinvest that money now. Read more>

RESOURCES

Girls and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Girls and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
According to a new report from the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, young women now make up the fastest-growing segment of the juvenile justice system, with more than 300,000 arrests and criminal charges every year. If that wasn't bad enough, most of these girls are committing nothing more serious than skipping class, breaking curfew or running away from home. But rather than helping these young women deal with the underlying reasons for these behaviors, our society is criminalizing them, marginalizing them and denying them access to future opportunities. Read more>

IN THE NEWS
  • Real Solutions, Real Results in School Discipline Reform: Education Week takes an in-depth look at how districts across the country are implementing new approaches to school discipline (such as restorative justice, peer courts and an end to out-of-school suspensions) and the positive effect these strategies are having on school climate and student success. Read more>

  • Don't Set Standards Without the Resources to Meet Them: Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky is speaking truth to New York City's Department of Education, saying that simply raising standards won't solve the education crisis: "We are bound to fall short if we raise the standards without investing in the support that educators need to meet this challenge."  Read more>

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