OTL Campaign Newsletter February 2, 2014


State of the Youth

Dream Defenders Deliver
2014 State of the Youth Address


Say Thanks

Thank Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder for standing up against the school-to-prison pipeline!

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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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No More Excuses

No More Excuses
Education Parade and Rally
March 12 – Albany, NY
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State of the Union Response

Obama's Opportunity Agenda Starts with Education

Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this week’s State of the Union address. President Obama rightfully pushed for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, and extended unemployment insurance as immediate steps that can be taken to help Americans right away. Read more>

Maryland Embraces Solutions Not Suspensions


In another victory for the grassroots movement working to end harsh school discipline, Maryland has passed new regulations that promote positive alternatives to suspensions and zero-tolerance policies. Read more>

Student Organizers Shine at Albany Rally

Student Organizers

Students are a force to be reckoned with in the movement to improve our nation's public schools. Check out videos of some of the amazing young leaders who spoke at the January 14 fair school funding rally in Albany, NY. Read more>

New Infographic: The Cycle of School Closures

Cycle of School Closure

School closures are both a symptom and a cause of perpetuated inequality, and they leave students of color and those in low-income families without access to the educational resources they deserve. The latest OTL Campaign infographic show how the Cycle of School Closures works. Read more>

PA Gov. Cancels School Visit to Avoid Protesters

PA Protest

PA Gov. Tom Corbett was set to visit Central High School in Philadelphia, but made a last minute schedule change. The students, teachers and parents who planned to protest his visit are calling it a victory. Read more>

Integrity in Education Launches –  See First Petiton

Integrity in Education

A new OTL ally in the struggle for equity in education has just launch. Their mission: elevate the voices of grassroots organizers and expose the profit-driven interest groups in the education debate. Check out their inaugural action here.

OTL Ally Featured in New York Times


Maria Fernandez, coordinator for the Urban Youth Collaborative, wrote a Letter to the Editor for the New York Times about what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can do to end harsh school discipline. Read more>


Just 1 Out of 3 Fourth-Graders Read Proficiently

Early Reading

66 percent of all fourth-graders, and 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families, are not reading at grade level. A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation breaks down the statistics by race, family income, English learner status, disability and school poverty rate. Read more>

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