July 18, 2016

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#BLM Commitments & Call to Action

Our grantee Dignity in Schools Campaign, an anchor network of the National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (NYA-BMoC), has joined NYA-BMoC in releasing a joint statement in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives.

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One Key to Reducing School Suspension: A Little Respect

A one-time intervention to help teachers and students empathize with each other halved the number of suspensions at five diverse California middle schools, and helped students who had previously been suspended feel more connected at school, according to Stanford University research published in April in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

Parent Power: Community Organizing as a Parent Engagement Strategy

Parents and communities are critical to catalyzing and sustaining improvement in schools. In some schools, community organizing has creatively transformed parent engagement into something much deeper: parent power. Read more >

News and Resources from the OTL Network

SPLC Lawsuit: Mississippi Charter School Funding Violates State Constitution

Mississippi is funding its charter schools through an unconstitutional scheme that diverts public tax dollars from traditional public schools, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Read more >

Report: Increases in Spending on Corrections Far Outpace Education

The U.S. Department of Education has released a brief detailing that over the last three decades 'state and local spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education for preschool through grade P-12 education'.
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Great Schools or Great Scheme?

In Massachusetts, Thursday was a banner day for charter schools ballot question advocates as Governor Charlie Baker kicked off a rally in support of Question 2. It’s worth wondering if folks who didn’t make it into the panoramic picture behind the governor - the handful of wealthy backers behind the ballot committee - care about poor children or their own interests.
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Justice lingers for students impacted by shuttered schools

Education is the door to our collective future. It's distressing then that all across the country, children of color are being deprived this basic opportunity. The deprivation takes many forms; harsh school disciplinary policies, referrals to law enforcement, and police in schools. Another way that children of color are denied a high quality education is through systematic and targeted school closures.
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Why the Movement to Privatize Public Education is a Very Bad Idea

Privatization takes the form of nonprofit as well as for-profit school management, as privatization technically means outsourcing the provision of government services to independent operators, whether nonprofit or for-profit. Insufficient transparency and, thus, accountability can become problems.
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