June 30, 2016

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Youth Leaders are Changing the Conversation on College Access

“If you have a friend of a friend with a kid – even a stranger – remind them that they’re worth something.”

Student Karoline Jimenez urged this of her audience after an hour of tears and testimony at the Philanthropy New York (PNY) June 17th screening of Stepping Up, a glimpse into the world of college access by filmmaker Julie Dressner. This feature-length documentary will highlight the woefully high 250:1 student-to-guidance counselor ratio in New York City, as well as the actions students are taking to help their peers navigate the college application process.
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Beyond the First Look: Turning Local Data Into Action
Thursday, July 7 @ 2:00pm EST

Join Schott and our partner Dignity in Schools Campaign for this webinar, in which participants will:

- Explore the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights First Look Data
- Prepare advocates for upcoming release of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights district level data
- Share potential strategies for how to use the data in organizing efforts at the local, state and federal level
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

The Civil Rights Problem In U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers

The Civil Rights Data Collection survey is a rare and remarkable view into America's public schools and the challenges that continue some 60 years after Brown v. Board. For example, Black preschoolers are 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than white preschoolers.
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Education Secretary to Charter Schools: Rethink School Discipline

A recent analysis from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA found that, on the whole, charter schools have higher suspension rates than traditional public schools, and that students of color and those with disabilities are suspended at charter schools at higher rates than their peers.
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‘Student-Centered’ Approach Transforms High School

A student-centered learning approach has been attracting attention at Revere High School since it was honored for excellence by the National Center for Urban School Transformation in 2014. The 1,800-student high school serves a largely disadvantaged population.
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Derrick Johnson: Decades later, Mississippi is still burning

There will be no further investigation into the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. The reason given for this closing is that it is unlikely that further investigation would result in any other prosecutions.

But at least one known conspirator is still around today and has yet to be held accountable. That conspirator is the state of Mississippi.
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Boston forms new School to Prison Pipeline Committee

A School to Prison Pipeline Committee is being formed to help change the city’s disciplinary record — especially when it comes to punishment for black and brown male students.

The goal is to work toward building a safe environment, reducing the number and rate of suspensions and expulsions, and increasing educational opportunities to engage kids. Read more >

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