OTL Campaign Newsletter 
March 7, 2012
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Occupy Edu Logo Occupy Education: National Day of Action
Targeting one of the most dire inequalities facing our nation - access to quality education - the Occupy Movement held a national day of action focused on education. From Albany to Sacramento, students, parents and educators across the country staged walkouts and marched to state departments of education on behalf of equitable funding to provide all students with an equal opportunity to learn. Read more >

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OCR Data Reveals Major Inequities for Students of Color

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released shocking new evidence about the "opportunity gap" for students of color. The data, collected from 6,835 school districts and accounting for 85 percent of all public school students, reveals that students of color face serious inequalities in our nation's schools. They are disproportionately targeted by harsh school discipline policies and lack equitable access to experienced teachers, early childhood education and gifted programs. Read more>

Michael Holzman
Stealing an Opportunity to Learn
Michael Holzman, Senior Research Consultant for the Schott Foundation, breaks down the enrollment, graduation, and revenue statistics for CT school districts to reveal the deep funding inequities that underlie decisions by mothers like Tanya McDowell to try to secure a better education for their children by enrolling them in a different school. Read more>

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FL Parents Organize Against "Parent Trigger" Proposal
Florida policymakers should have realized by now that something isn't right with their proposed "parent trigger" legislation. The parents the bill purports to empower are organizing against it. Writing in her Washington Post blog, Valerie Strauss said parents aren't fooled by the illusion of choice represented by parent triggers. They know that handing over low-performing schools to private or charter management organizations isn't how you help them improve.  Read more>

Yes We Can Report
Teacher Job Satisfaction Plummets
After being attacked by policymakers across the country and blamed for all the problems in our nation's education system, it's not surprising that fewer teachers are happy in their chosen profession. According to the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, there was a 15 point drop in teacher job satisfaction from 59 percent in 2009 to just 44 percent in 2011. Read more>

RESOURCES

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School-to-Prison Pipeline Toolkit
Harsh discipline policies are pushing students out of school for minor infractions, denying them educational opportunities and creating a cycle of misbehavior and lost-opportunity. This OTL Toolkit provides tools you can use to combat unjust discipline policies including resources, talking points, data, and a list of key organization in the movement to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Read more>


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