April 20, 2017

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When Community and Labor Join Forces: Parent, Student and Teacher Partnerships
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Racism in Philanthropy: Effective Practices for Grantmakers

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm EST

Philanthropy has a long history of providing much-needed resources for historically marginalized communities of color. Many foundations and donors view their investments as the solution to social problems that are rooted in poverty. But is this approach enough to address racial disparities that persist across education, health and economic opportunity? What does it take to reach full and true racial equity in these domains?
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Grantee Spotlight: Mass. Budget & Policy Center

Learning Uninterrupted: Supporting Positive Culture and Behavior in Schools

A new report by Mass Budget reviews the existing landscape of school discipline across the country and Massachusetts.

The evidence suggests that exclusionary discipline does not lead to safer schools, reformed behavior for students, or any other positive outcomes overall. Furthermore, exclusionary school discipline tends to disproportionately affect youth of color, low-income kids, and students with disabilities, who already face many existing challenges. Read more >

News from the Schott Foundation

Through Hell or High Water: The #FundSouth Movement is Strong

Foundations have had an "on again, off again" love affair with the South. Funding there tends to be short-term and typically in response to a natural disaster, a national crisis or an election, but some significant infrastructure has been laid to coordinate and expand opportunities for sustained foundation giving. We must fund the South; we must learn from its rich and complex history of oppression and liberation. And we must work together across institutions and pre-determined grantmaking strategies to do so. Read more >

News and Resources from the OTL Network

The End of School Lunch Shaming?

Every few months, a news story will highlight a child denied a lunch in the cafeteria — sometimes forced to throw the meal away or given a cheese sandwich instead of the planned lunch menu items — because the child does not have money to pay. Other districts will stamp a child’s hand “I owe lunch money.” These scenarios have played out across the country, and are a badge of shame for students. Thanks to a groundbreaking bill passed last week, this shaming will never happen again in New Mexico.
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Tax Credits, School Choice and ‘Neovouchers’: What You Need to Know

Do these vouchers improve student achievement? The research suggests that we shouldn’t expect children’s learning to be affected. An evaluation of Florida’s neovoucher law – which the Trump administration appears to be using as its model – found that students receiving these neovouchers had a nonsignificant (-0.7 percentile points) loss in math and nonsignificant (+0.1 percentile points) gain in reading on standardized test scores.
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Long Rated by Test Scores, Schools May Soon be Judged on Student Absenteeism Too

Of the dozen states that have laid out their plans for holding schools accountable under the new federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, 10 are aiming to use chronic absenteeism as a factor in identifying their best and worst schools. So is the District of Columbia. Also popular is college and career readiness, which some are measuring by the proportion of students taking Advanced Placement or dual-enrollment classes.
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Network for Public Education State Report Card 2017

The School Privatization State Report Card is a rating system designed to let the public know what school privatization programs exist in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, NPE rates the states and DC on the extent to which each state has laws and policies that further school privatization.
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L.A. Unified Narrowly Backs State Bills for New Controls Over Charter Schools

A divided Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday voted to endorse and push for three hotly debated state bills that seek to place new controls on charter schools. Assembly Bill 1478 would make charter operators subject to the same disclosures of open meetings, public records, conflicts of interest and finances that apply to traditional schools and school districts.
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U.S. Department of Education Launches Civil Rights Investigation of Richmond Public Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a civil rights investigation of Richmond Public Schools at the request of advocacy groups that say the district’s disciplinary policies discriminate against Black students and students with disabilities.

Black students with disabilities were nearly 13 times more likely than white students without disabilities to receive short-term suspensions.
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