OTL Campaign Newsletter March 9, 2015




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Perfect Storm

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools
Part 2: The Illusion of Choice

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Journey for Justice Organizing Conference
1st Annual Journey for Justice
National Organizing Conference

May 1-3 in Newark, NJ
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New Reports

New Reports on Students of Color in Public Schools

Two important reports released last month paint a stark picture of the challenges facing young men and women of color in our nation's public schools. Read "Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males" from the Schott Foundation for Public Education here. And read "Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected" from the African American Policy Forum here.

NY is "Delinquent" on Funding for Public Schools

AQE Report

A report from the Alliance for Quality Education says NY Governor Andrew Cuomo owes New York City public schools $2,667 per student, which adds up to $2.5 billion worth of resources currently being withheld from the city's students, teachers and their schools. Read more>

The Ballot Initiative Fight for Fair School Funding in MS

Better Schools Better Jobs

In the past seven years, public schools in Mississippi have been shortchanged by more than $1.5 billion in funding. Now, state legislators are trying to cripple a voter initiative aimed at fixing that disparity. Read more>

A New, Equitable Funding Formula for PA Schools

Campaign for Fair Education Funding

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding has proposed a new funding formula for Pennsylvania schools. If adopted by policymakers, the formula would provide students across the state with the school resources they deserve. Read more>

Congress Has Forgotten Its Role in Promoting Equity

Joe Bishop

By Joe Bishop, OTL Campaign Policy Director
It's been nearly 50 years since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but Congress, stuck in a debate about the role of high-stakes testing in school reform, seems to have forgotten the law's original commitment to ensuring fairness in education funding. Read more>

MA Needs Better Pre-k, Supports & College Prep

Rennie Center

As part of its annual Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy has outlined three ways Massachusetts can build on its already strong education system to better prepare students for school, support them while they're there, and help them make the transition to college or a career. Read more>

 RESOURCES

How Do We Build an Education Justice Movement?

Building an Education Justice Movement

University of Massachusetts professor Mark Warren has published a valuable primer for understanding how our schools and students are impacted by broader inequalities in our society and how the seeds of an emerging education justice movement can take root and flourish into a political force to be reckoned with. Read more>

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