November 30, 2017

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Tomorrow: Dr. John H. Jackson to be Honored by EBONY Magazine

Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation, was selected by EBONY Magazine as one of 100 inspiring African American leaders. EBONY will honor Dr. Jackson as a Community Crusader for his work as a strategic leader in philanthropy and a staunch advocate for public school students.

Dr. Jackson will join a star-studded cast of honorees on December 1st in Los Angeles, CA including Oprah Winfrey, Kendrick Lamar, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Hart, Viola Davis, Chance the Rapper, Magic and Cookie Johnson, Angela Rye and many more.
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"The Business of Social Justice": Schott COO Heidi Brooks Profiled by Harvard Business School

The Schott Foundation's chief operating officer, Heidi Brooks, was recently profiled in Harvard Business School's alumni magazine, chronicling her work not just at Schott but across her entire globe-spanning career.

“There is nothing more important than building the foundations for social change,” says Brooks. “Rosa Parks’ civil disobedience didn’t just happen because she wanted to sit down one day; and gay marriage didn’t become legal in one day. These kinds of changes have decades of investment behind them.”
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National Urban Indian Family Coalition

New Report Highlights Alternative Public Education Programs Helping To Close the Achievement Gap for Urban Native American Youth

A newly released report – the first of its kind – highlights the challenges facing urban Native American youth in public schools and showcases seven alternative public education programs that are having a positive impact in addressing these challenges. The report, Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education, was released today by the National Urban Indian Family Coalition.
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

For Safer City Schools, More Counselors, Fewer Cops

Studies show that lower student-to-guidance counselor ratios reduce disciplinary incidents in schools, including ones involving weapons, and students and teachers report feeling safer. There is currently one full-time guidance counselor for every 407 students across the city school system, while the recommended ratio in high-need schools is one for every 100.
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Twin Cities Teachers and Activists Tell Super Bowl Committee Hosts to Pay Up

Wednesday, November 15, an arctic blast of wind punished a small crowd gathered outside downtown Minneapolis’s Hilton Hotel. Shivering together in the icy air were representatives from the Movement for Black Lives, the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha. The groups had gathered to demand that U.S. Bank, Ecolab, and other Minneapolis companies pay their fair share of state taxes to better support local schools, communities, and workers.
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Study Finds That for Many States, Public Education Funding Still Hasn’t Come Back to Pre-Recession Levels

It’s been a decade since the Great Recession, and while a lot of things in the economy have recovered, state funding for public schools is still lagging behind pre-Recession levels, after accounting for inflation. The study finds that about 30 states are still providing less funding per student than they were a decade ago. And, many local governments have not been able to fill that gap.
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School Discipline Reforms May be Coming to D.C. Thanks to New Bill

D.C. Councilmember David Grosso introduced a bill on Tuesday that would limit the use of suspension and expulsion in kindergarten to eighth grade to more serious infractions, such as attempting or carrying out physical injury. It would also ban suspensions in high school for minor incidents like disobedience and uniform violations.
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