OTL Campaign Newsletter November 25, 2013


Rev. Barber

Rev. Dr. William Barber Gives Inspiring Speech at AFT/OTL Conference in Los Angeles


Asthma Shouldn't Kill

Tell state and federal leaders:
Every school needs a full-time nurse!

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Add your name to the OTL Campaign's "Education Declaration" and support the growing national movement for equity and opportunity in education.
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National Day of Action

National Day of Action to Reclaim
the Promise of Public Education
Dec. 9 – Nationwide
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Day of Action

Dec. 9 is a Nat. Day of Action. What Are You Planning?

Educators, parents and students in cities and towns across the country will mobilize in public action on December 9 as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education: Our Schools, Our Solutions. Are you organizing an event? Let us know and we'll help promote it! Read more>

New Tool: How to Make Fair School Funding a Reality

Investing in the Future

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and OTL Campaign have released a powerful new tool for education organizers and advocates that highlights how states can raise revenue to fund schools fairly and ensure every student has a quality education. Read more>

Philly Students: "Our Schools Are Not For Sale!"

PSU Youth Leaders OTL youth allies from the Philadelphia Student Union have been featured in several recent media stories showcasing how these young organizers have become some of the strongest voices in the movement for educational equity in their city and nationwide. Read more>

Zero-Tolerance: A History of Structural Violence

UYC OTL allies in New York City presented at Talking Transition, an open forum event focused on Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio's transition into office. For the event, the allies released an interactive presentation on the history of harsh school discipline policies and the rise of positive alternatives. Read more>

NJ Organizers Win Moratorim on Suspensions

PEF logo

Thanks to the hard work of education organizers in Paterson, NJ, the local school board voted to institute a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for minor misbehaviors like dress code violations, tardiness and willful disobedience. Read more>

Chicago Youth Organizer Featured in Documentary

VOYCE Organizer

Stephanie Alvarado, a youth leader with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and the Southwest Organizing Project, is one of six Latino/a students featured in a new PBS documentary about the dropout crisis and its effect on low-income students of color. Read more>

Pre-K IS Worth Investing In – Here's Why


A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed tried to argue pre-k isn't worth investing in. But in a must-read rebuttal, ReadyNation fact checks the op-ed and highlights the well-documented benefits of pre-k as well as the vital role it plays in closing the opportunity gap for low-income students. Read more>

MSNBC Uses OTL Infographic on School Closures


In a recent segment, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin referred to an OTL Campaign infographic showing the disparate impact of school closures on students of color and students from low-income families. He also highlighted the work of organizers in Philadelphia fighting for their public schools. Read more>


Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York

Pre-K Roadmap A roadmap from the Campaign for Education Equity and Center for Children's Initiatives lays out how New York can fund and expand pre-k for all three- and four-year-olds over the next eight years. Though the roadmap is specific to New York, its ideas and strategies can serve as a model for advocates in other states to draw on. Read more>

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