OTL Campaign Newsletter June 19th, 2013


Judge Kaye on MSNBC

Judge Judith Kaye, Chair of NYC School-Justice Partnership Task Force, Talks Discipline Reform on MSNBC


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OTL Webinar

OTL Webinar: "How Do You Fit Into the Ed Equity Movement?"
June 19th (today!) at 2 p.m. Eastern
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BYOP Celebration

Boston-area Youth Organizing Project
End of the Year Celebration
June 27th at 5 p.m.
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Advancement Project Conference

"We Can Do Better:
Reforming School Discipline"
July 11-13th in Washington, D.C.
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Education Declaration

Over 25,000 People Have Signed On – Have You?

In just over a week, the OTL Campaign's "Education Declaration to Rebuild America" has gotten over 25,000 signatures. Education advocates and organizers, civil rights and labor leaders, economists, policymakers and parents have join the call for a new direction in education reform focused on equity and opportunity for all. Add your name today, and don't forget to share it with your friends and colleages! Read more>

"A Special Message to Grown Up. Love, Kids"

SoulPancake Video How do you explain the opportunity gap to someone who isn't familiar with the education debate? Just show them this new video from the OTL Campaign! Developed with the help of the phenomenal video production studio SoulPancake, the video provides a simple explanation of why all kids deserve the same resources and opportunities to learn. Read more>

Let CA School Districts Prioritize Spending

John Jackson and Robert Ross

By John H. Jackson, Schott Foundation, and Robert Ross, California Endowment
CA Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a plan that is radical in its simplicity: allocate new funding where it is needed most and trust teachers, principals, parents and students to know what's best for their community. Read more>

20 Years After Ed Reform, MA Can Still Do Better

20 Years After Ed Reform It's been 20 years since Massachusetts (often regarded as a leader in education policy) passed the Education Reform Act of 1993. Citizens for Public Schools, an OTL ally, took a hard look at the results of that law and says the state still has a ways to go toward ensuring equity and opportunity for all Massachusetts students. Read more>

New Yorkers Chart New Direction in Testing

NY GPS After 12 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City schools have become a disturbing poster child for the punitive use and abuse of high-stakes tests. New Yorkers for Great Public Schools has released a plan charting a new direction in both testing and accountability. Read more>

Philadelphia Facing "Doomsday" Education Budget

Philly budget Philadelphia public schools are facing a "doomsday" budget next year after the School Reform Commission approved drastic cuts that will force schools to open next fall without basic things like new books and paper, counselors, librarians or assistant principals. Read more>

Chicago Students Take on Charter Pushout

Charter Pushout When the student organizers from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education aren't out protesting high-stakes testing and school closures, they're fighting for fair school discipline across the city. This past week they started campaigning to end disparate discipline policies and pushout in Chicago's charter schools. Read more>

Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court

Keeping Kids in School In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities. Use the report as a blueprint for developing your own coalitions for change! Read more>

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