OTL Campaign Newsletter July 11th, 2013


Big Listen

The Big Listen: Philadelphia
Students Talk About the Impact
of School Closures


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Free Minds, Free People

Free Minds, Free People
July 11-14th, Chicago, IL
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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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NY Report Card

NY Gets Bad Grades on Education Policy Report Card

The Alliance for Quality Education, an OTL ally, has given New York State a bad grade in its new report, "Are We There Yet," for its lack of progress in improving public education across the state. Policymakers are failing to ensure equity for all students in areas like expanded learning time, providing challenging and engaging curriculum, school climate, and funding. Read more>

This Is How You Explain Why Class Size Matters

Steve Zimmer Small class sizes provide every student with quality attention in the classroom. Steve Zimmer, Board Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a former teacher, asks why we tolerate or dismiss crowded public school classrooms when charters and private schools use small class sizes as a selling point? Warning: Passionate paper throwing ahead. Read more>

In Massachusetts, More Supports Needed for Early Ed

Thrive in 5

By Jane Tewksbury, Thrive in 5
John H. Jackson, Schott Foundation

No state, especially one that is considered to be a national leader, should accept the status quo where race, ethnicity or gender can predict a student's chances for success. Massachusetts needs to focus on early education and eliminating inequities in access to resources. Read more>

Chicago Students Speak Out at Board of Ed Meeting

Chicago Students Members of Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools spoke out against school closures and education budget cuts at a recent Board of Education meeting... and were escorted out by security. Read more>

Time to Reset the Education Agenda

Education Opportunity Network By Jeff Bryant, EON
Months of protests by education and community organizers are unifying diverse groups across the nation in an effort to reverse education policy mandates and bolster public schools instead of punishing them and closing them down. The "Education Spring" has not gone unnoticed by people at the centers of policy, power and opinion in Washington. Read more>

2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Kids Count The latest installment of the vital KIDS COUNT Data Book looks at key indicators of child well-being across the country. The report provides a crucial analysis of the economic and health factors affecting children outside the classroom, and what our country should do to close the opportunity gap so that all children can succeed. Read more>

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