OTL Campaign Newsletter 
October 31, 2012

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Chicago Voices

  Chicago Parent, Student and Teacher Advocates Featured in Powerful Video!


Solutions Not Suspensions is calling for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions and the implementation of positive discipline alternatives in schools across the country. Add your voice!


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Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Meridian, MS
Derrick Johnson, State President of the Mississippi NAACP, writes about how for years, Meridian families reported to the MS-NAACP that their children were routinely and unfairly denied educational opportunities, criminalized and even subjected to incarceration, including children as young as ten years old and children with disabilities. He and other advocates in the state celebrate the groundbreaking lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in Meridian to protect the rights of vulnerable children and end the city's unconscionable operation of a school-to-prison pipeline. Read more>

Demography Is Still Destiny
In NYC, "Demography Is Still Destiny"
New York City policymakers and education officials seem convinced that their choice-based reform agenda and "no excuses" attitude is the way forward. But a new report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) shows that demography still trumps choice, and until the city takes seriously the need for more a equitable distribution of resources, a student's zip code and education redlining will continue to determine his chances for educational success. Accompanying the report is an interactive map tool from the Coalition for Educational Justice that highlights the relationship between the college readiness of high school graduates and the socio-economic makeup of their communities. Read more>

Joe Bishop
What Voters Value: Resources, Opportunity & Input
The November elections are over, and the results are in on 188 education-related ballot measures that appeared before voters in 38 states. Joseph Bishop, Policy Director of the OTL Campaign, explains the five things we learned on November 6th about what the American public values when it comes to education, opportunity and the continuing campaign for equity and excellence in education for all children.
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MA Youth Advocates Survey 400 Students on Discipline
Our friends and allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council and the Boston Area Youth Organizing Project hit the streets as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign's National Week of Action on School Pushout. For the annual Listening Project event, the youth advocates went to three subway stations across the city and interviewed over 400 students about their experiences with their schools' discipline policies. Read more>

Bill Ayers
The Best Open Letter You'll Read This Week, Guaranteed
Now that the 2012 elections are over, advocates across the country are expressing a strong desire for President Obama to move away from the market-based education reform vision of his first term. A compelling open letter from activist and education theorist Bill Ayers articulates the importance of the President shifting from a competitive frame on educational change to one of that is driven by supports-based reforms and equity for all children. He challenges the President to use his second term to exercise leadership in pushing an education agenda that ensures all students an opportunity to learn, not just a select few. Read more>

Chicago Voices
Chicago Advocates Featured in Powerful Video!
This must-watch video is a touching short film that elevates the voices of those at the center of America's education crisis – the parents, teachers and students who must bear the brunt of today's standards-based reform agenda – including standardized testing, school closures, merit pay, competitive grants, inequitable funding, etc. – without the supports they need meet those standards. Read more>

  • Rhetoric on Teacher Evaluations Is "Nonsense": Still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, high school principal Carol Burris still has time to pen this fantastic op-ed about the need for fair teacher evaluations, fact-based rhetoric and policies, and the necessary resources and support from policymakers. Read more>

  • 4 Market-Inspired 'Reforms' & Why They Don't Work: Our nation needs a policy shift when it comes to education reform. As Arthur H. Camins, from the Stevens Institute of Technology, explains, market-based reform approaches don't work for public education, and it's time to dispel the myth that standards alone, without the resources to meet them, will provide every student with a quality education. Read more>

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