November 4, 2016

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Dispelling False Narratives
about Public Education

Schott President & CEO Dr. John H. Jackson spoke at a recent forum at Howard University on public education & charter schools.
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Featured Campaign: Campaign to End Zero Tolerance Policies

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Starts in Preschool

Advocacy organizations such as Racial Justice NOW! (RJN!) are working to ensure that exclusionary and zero-tolerance policies in schools are replaced by initiatives which protect the most vulnerable students in Ohio public schools, including working to change state law to eliminate the use of out-of-school suspensions for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Read more >

News and Resources from the OTL Network

Why this Renowned Educator is Voting "No" on Question 2

In this Boston Globe op-ed, award-winning educator and author Jonathan Kozol makes a comprehensive case for why Question 2 is the wrong direction for our commonwealth's schools. We need a fairer, more equitable, and better-funded public education system in Massachusetts that works for all our children: Question 2 would push us away from that urgent goal.
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Arkansas Opportunity Summit Looks to Improve Local Schools with Community Involvement

Educating students of all ages was the goal of the Arkansas Opportunity Summit on Saturday. The forum happened at the Saint Mark Baptist Church and those who took part offered solutions they hope to bring back to their communities.
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Fighting for Education in Massachusetts: How One Student’s Activism Inspired a Whole School

Through his activism, Lazo has met dozens of other young people — many of whom had never been involved in political action prior to this spring. When he first starting attending meetings of the Boston Youth Organizing Project, Erik told me, not many students came. “But post walkout,” he says, “the entire room has never been empty. Never.” Read more >

Matt Damon Explains Why He Made This Surprising New Film

With actor and activist Matt Damon narrating, “Backpack” tells a scary but important story about corporate school reform policies that critics say are aimed at destroying the U.S. public education system, the country’s most important civic institution.
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Many Charter Schools Lag in Enrolling Students Lacking English Fluency

Massachusetts charter schools bill themselves in television ads as golden opportunities for disadvantaged students trapped in failing district schools, but charters often leave behind one of the most challenging student populations to teach: those who lack fluency in English. Read more >

CTU Members Vote to Ratify Contract

Union delegates had authorized a strike after talks had dragged on for well over a year, but then overwhelmingly voted to recommend the agreement that staved off the second teachers strike since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took over, just minutes before an Oct. 19 midnight strike deadline.
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California Ballot Revives Debate on Expanding Bilingual Education

On Nov. 8, California voters will vote on a proposition that would make it easier for school districts to expand bilingual education. Critics say English-only instruction is crucial to assimilation, while supporters argue that it would be an opportunity to embrace the state’s multiculturalism and linguistic richness.
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