March 10, 2017

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Jitu Brown: Community Organizing to Create a Humane and Equitable Public Education System
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New Yorkers Across the State Join the People's March for Education Justice

On Saturday, March 4th, New Yorkers took to the streets to march for equity in public education. Spearheaded by Schott Foundation grantee Alliance for Quality Education, the People’s March for Education Justice was held in 8 cities across the state.
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Featured Grantee: The Center for Civil Rights Remedies

Massachusetts Students Miss an Alarming Amount of Instruction Days Because of Suspensions over Minor Misbehavior

New research from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies shows that excessive discipline of African-American students and students with disabilities creates systemic inequities in educational opportunities. The report calls for the state to use lost instruction time due to discipline as an accountability measure, and advocates around the state are echoing the call.
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News from the Schott Foundation

Trump Response: What's the Big Idea?

In the end, thinking big is not sufficient if the big ideas are not consistent with our big goals. Tuesday’s message was a tonal reset for President Trump, but let’s not forget the challenge before us: to borrow his own words, to “create a level playing field” for all of our people. We indeed “bleed the same blood” and “salute the same flag.” As such, the federal government has the responsibility to ensure the civil rights of all students and guarantee all of them an opportunity to learn and to succeed, not create a system where only some learn and some succeed.
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

School Vouchers Are a "False Road," and There's Data to Prove It

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute warns that the push toward vouchers and toward making public schools compete for funding is being driven by ideological preferences rather than evidence that competition and choice actually work.
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Supreme Court Drops Transgender Student's Challenge To School Bathroom Policy

Virginia transgender student Gavin Grimm's lawsuit to allow access to school bathroom that matches his gender won in a Federal Appeals Court. However, between the time of that victory and the Supreme Court's review, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama-era interpretation of civil rights law. The Supreme Court has ordered the Appeals Court to reconsider the decision as a result. Read more >

On "Day Without Women," Two Districts Cancel School

In Alexandria Public Schools in Northern Virginia, more than 300 staff members have asked for the day off, prompting district officials to take the extraordinary step of canceling class. In a note on its website, the superintendent said its 18 schools would not have enough teachers on Wednesday.
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