OTL Campaign Newsletter April 23, 2014


Revival from the Roots

Revival From the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools


Sign the Declaration!

Add your name to the OTL Campaign's "Education Declaration" and support the growing national movement for equity and opportunity in education.
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National Week of Action
National Week of Action

Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All
May 13-17
Washington, D.C. & Nationwide
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Freedom Summer
The 50th Anniversary of
Mississippi Freedom Summer
June 25-29
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Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

Join the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools!

To mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, parents, students, educators and community members are organizing actions across the country to continue the struggle for racial and educational justice and win the public schools all our children deserve. Join the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools for this exciting week of action! Details here>

600 Philly Students "Missing" After School Closures

Youth United for Change

The Philadelphia student group Youth United for Change has launched a campaign to identify some 600 students who "went missing" in the wake of the city's mass school closures last year. Read more>

Huge Drop in Suspensions, Expulsions in Colorado

CO School Discipline Report Card

After years of organizing work, advocates in Colorado won statewide school discipline reform in 2012. Padres & Jovenes Unidos, the leading voice behind the new law, has released a report card detailing the law's success during its first year. Despite a drop in suspensions and expsulsion across the state, there's work still to be done to end racial disparities in school discipline. Read more>

Newark Clergy Call for Moratorium on Edu "Reforms"

NJ Organizers Demand a Voice

Dozens of Newark clergy members signed on to a powerful letter to NJ Gov. Chris Christie calling for a moratorium on the education reforms harming the city's public schools and demanding meaningful community input moving forward. Read more>

Boston Students Set Priorities for New Superintendent

Boston Superintendent Search

Students from the Boston Student Advisory Council, Youth and Board, and Boston-area Youth Organizing Project are playing an active role in helping the city select its next superintendent. Hear what they have to say in this great new video! Read more>

NY Budget Mix of Victories and Setbacks

Alliance for Quality Education

The New York State budget is a mix of victories and setbacks for public education advocates. The Alliance for Quality Education published a fact sheet to explain how the funding increases, pre-k expansion and charter school supports will impact the fight for high quality education for all. Read more>

What Are Community Schools?

Community Schools

At the recent Community Schools National Forum in Cincinnati, top educators from the U.S. and abroad learned about a powerful new model for supporting all students and improving our nation's schools. Check out pictures and video from the event! Read more>


A Snapshot of the Nation's Education Inequities

Department of Education Data

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights released data from all of the nation's 97,000 public schools, offering the most complete snapshot of educational opportunity in America and shining a light on the deep inequities in access to resources like pre-k, college counselors, advanced courses and experienced teachers. Read more>

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