April 20, 2018

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Everything You Need to Know About the April 20 National School Walkout

Today, April 20, is the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School. It was the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history – until 17 people were killed in Parkland, Florida in February. To mark the grim milestone, and in an effort to keep national attention on stopping school violence, students across the country are planning to leave class as part of the National School Walkout. Read more >

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Grantee Spotlight: Center for Civil Rights Remedies

Report Finds Wide Disparities in Punishment of Students with Disabilities by Race

A new report by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies is the first state-by-state estimate of lost instruction due to discipline for black and white students with disabilities. Among students with disabilities, black students tend to be suspended many times more often than their white peers.
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Keeping Students First: Building Community Labor Partnerships for Strong Schools

A goundbreaking new report by Schott and Building Movement Project is designed to support community and labor groups that are ready and willing to engage in meaningful relationship building and collaboration. The case examples of union/community collaboration in St. Paul and Austin highlight two state capitals with distinctly different labor climates and educational challenges. Nonetheless, both unions succeeded by bringing the community into strategy development and partnership in a meaningful way.
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

Black & Brown Youth Demand Racial Justice in School Safety Debate

Led by youth and student organizers, a nationwide coalition of education justice groups released a statement and demands to policymakers:

"We stand in solidarity with youth who are calling for an end to gun violence in all of its forms and for school safety that doesn’t further criminalize Black and Brown communities. When we go to school we are being prepared for prison more than we are being prepared for life. We see guns, and as Black and Brown children we know they are more likely to be used against us than to protect us."
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#RedForEd: Arizona Teachers Vote for a Walkout

Educators in Arizona Educators United voted overwhelmingly tonight to walk out of their schools to protest the state’s poor funding of schools. Although the #RedForEd movement has been gearing up since early March, the announcement of a vote in favor of a walkout is a huge step toward following the lead of West Virginia and Oklahoma, other Republican-dominated states that have staged teacher strikes.
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Can Money Be Medicine?

Philanthropy must recognize the pain caused by the accumulation of wealth in the first place, how it was made on the backs of Indigenous people and slaves and low-wage workers, most of them people of color. We need to acknowledge philanthropy’s 100 year history of colonization, facilitated through tax laws as documented by “Stifled Generosity” and stop more hurt by managing these resources from the values of dignity and equity.
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Why Teacher Uprisings May Hit Blue States Too

In a startling sign that teacher uprisings may move to purple and blue states too, Colorado teachers recently left schools and stormed the state capitol to protest their subpar wages – ranked 46th in the nation, reports the New York Times, and “rock bottom” when compared to other professionals in the state.
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