December 23, 2015



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From research to activism, from summits to legislation, 2015 was a momentous year for public education. We've provided below some of the key events and key resources we've covered this past year, and wish you and your family a happy holiday season!

2015 in Education Justice

The Dyett High School Hunger Strike


Thanks to tireless organizing by the community, the fate of Dyett High School in Chicago was catapulted to national attention. The #FightForDyett organizing, including a 34-day hunger strike successfully led to a commitment to reopen Dyett High School.
View a timeline of the hunger strike>

#Katrina10: Disaster, Reform and Organizing in New Orleans


As New Orleans and the rest of the country commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, parents, youth, teachers and community advocates are doing more than remembering: they are charting a path toward a more just and equitable public education system for all.
Read more >

Getting from ESSA to Equity


Earlier this month, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. How will it impact education organizing in 2016? We highlighted some of the analyses produced by our allies and grantees to move the conversation forward.
Read more >

Organizers Win 2.4 Million for Restorative Justice in NYC Schools


Grassroots organizers in New York City have been fighting for school discipline reform for years, and their hard work paid off this summer when the City Council passed next year's budget with $2.4 million in funding for restorative justice programs.
Read more >

Advancing Racial Justice in 2015: A Weekend of Movement Building in New Orleans

Schott Summit

Under a beautiful October sky on the edge of the French Quarter, 700 people from around the country converged on New Orleans. Students, parents, teachers, community activists, labor organizers, policy experts, and advocates of a multitude of issues came together for a weekend of education, collaboration, and engagement.
Read more >

Proposition 42 Fails, but Fight for Mississippi Schools Continues

Prop 42

On November 3, 2015, a tight race to achieve full funding of public schools across Mississippi was lost. While the public school children of Mississippi lost at the ballot last week, we believe there is still much to be celebrated.
Read more >

2015 in Schott Resources

Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Black Lives Matter

In February, Schott released "Black Lives Matter," the 2015 installment of our biennial 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. This report illustrates the inexcusable degree to which Black male students are neglected by our nation's inequitable public education system. Read more >

Black Girls Matter: Pushed-Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

Black Girls Matter This important report from the African American Policy Forum, released in February, is a must-read for anyone committed to understanding how both race and gender impact educational opportunity in our country. Read more >

Video: How California Organizers Won Fair School Funding

Community Coalition

The Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Community Coalition released a video highlighting the Los Angeles campaign and the hundreds of dedicated parents and young people who worked to make equity the guiding principle of their city's school funding system. Read more >

Video: The Illusion of School Choice in New Orleans

Perfect Storm

In February, Part 2 of the ongoing series "A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools" was released, chronicling how the city's struggling public schools were seized by the state following Hurricane Katrina and handed over to private charter school operators. Read more >

New Fact Sheets on Raising State Revenues to Fund Schools

Fact Sheets

Schott and the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center released an online toolkit, "Investing in the Future," which presented strategies that states can use to raise revenue to fund education. In June we produced printable PDF factsheets for easy download and printing. Read more>

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