October 8, 2016

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Schott 25th Anniversary Event:
Pathways to Systemic
Change Forum
November 17, Boston

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7th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout
October 15-23, 2016

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Featured Campaign: Gender Equity

Brooklyn Boutique Teams Up with Girls for Gender Equity for #FeministGold

When Cassie Schwerner, Senior Vice President for National Partnerships at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, introduced her to Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), Diana was sold. “GGE suits me. Their objectives fit my agenda, and I love that they’re local to Brooklyn, just a mile or two down the road from my shop. Their work has direct impact in my city… Giving to a cause whose objective is uplifting, educating and giving equalizing opportunities to young women of color feels right.”
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

Parents and Teachers Rally for Public Education Funding at Schools Across the Country

Parents, teachers and students came together for “walk-ins” at schools across the country, rallying for more funding for public education and against harsh discipline policies, overtesting and the expansion of charter schools. Thousands of people were expected to participate in events at more than 2,000 schools in more than 200 cities.
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Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill

A new report from Schott grantee FairTest describes how states can overhaul their assessment systems under ESSA's Innovative Assessment pilot program. These new systems can minimize standardized testing while enhancing classroom-based, teacher-controlled, student-focused assessing. Read more >

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

New research from the Yale Child Study Center suggests that many preschool teachers look for disruptive behavior in much the same way: in just one place, waiting for it to appear. The problem with this strategy (besides it being inefficient), is that, because of implicit bias, teachers are spending too much time watching black boys and expecting the worst.
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Elizabeth Warren Clarifies the Charter Schools Debate

This week, Massachusetts news outlets reported the state’s most prominent politician, and one of the nation’s most important progressive leaders, Senator Elizabeth Warren threw the supposedly progressive framing of charter schools into doubt when she announced officially her opposition to a ballot initiative in November to expand the number of charters in the Bay State.
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Arkansas Schools Punish Black Students more Frequently and More Harshly than their White Peers

The disparities in Arkansas are stark. In the 2014-15 school year, there were five out-of-school suspensions for every 100 white students statewide. For every 100 black students, there were 29 out-of-school suspensions. The in-school suspension rate was about three times higher for black students than for white students, and the expulsion rate was about twice as high.
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