October 5, 2017

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  Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools
Projection on Dept. of Education
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 Join us in Cambridge, MA as FairTest Honors John H. Jackson
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Kirsten Levingston
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Grantee Spotlight: Dignity in Schools Campaign

National Week of Action
Against School Pushout

This month, Schott grantee Dignity in Schools Campaign is holding its 8th annual National Week of Action in communities nationwide. Their theme this year is "Education is a Human Right! We Will Not Give Up the Fight!" DSC members and allies will hold local events across the country, and participate in our two-day National Week of Action Event in New Orleans on October 23-24.
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News from the Schott Foundation

60 Years Since the Little Rock Nine—and So Much More to Do

September 25th marked 60 years since the integration of Little Rock's Central High School — the day the Little Rock Nine became the first Black students to attend it. The intervening decades have shown that while de jure segregation could be successfully fought, de facto segregation has proven stubborn and resurgent — a burden on children and families across the country.
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

ACLU Study Documents Criminalization of Minority Teens in U.S. Schools

“Bullies in Blue,” an ACLU white paper written by Megan French-Marcelin, argues that stationing police officers in schools has effectively criminalized teenage pranks, especially for minority youth, and fed the school-to-prison pipeline. This is an especially timely piece because recent events in the Bronx, in New York City, have led to calls for an increased police presence in schools.
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Waiting in the Dark: in New Orleans, School Choice Brings Early Mornings, Long Bus Rides

How can school system leaders create a great school in every neighborhood? That's what parents say they want, so their children don't have to sacrifice hours on a bus to attend a school that's just acceptable.

But that day is a long way off. In the meantime, it's hard for district leaders to see a way around leaving kids waiting in the dark.
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9 Million Kids Get Health Insurance Under CHIP. Congress Just Let it Expire.

Congress just allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire. If action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with many of the children in the program unable to see a doctor for routine checkups, immunizations, visits when sick and other services.
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PA Supreme Court Delivers Major Victory for Children in School Funding Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court delivered a major victory to hundreds of thousands of students by ordering the Commonwealth Court to hold a trial on whether state officials are violating the state’s constitution by failing to adequately and equitably fund public education.
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Assessing the Fiscal Impact of Wisconsin's Statewide Voucher Program

This new memo by the National Education Policy Center finds that as more states enact or expand their voucher programs, the case of Wisconsin illustrates how one-size-fits-all statewide programs have the potential to exacerbate funding disparities in the public system.
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