OTL Campaign Newsletter July 25, 2014


Rev. Barber's Netroots Speech

Moral Monday's Rev. Barber Gives Keynote Address at the 2014 Netroots Nation


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Week of Action Against School Pushout
National Week of Action
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Netroots Nation Tackles School Discipline Reform

Netroots Nation Tackles School Discipline Reform

Across the country, students, parents and educators are organizing to change their school districts’ zero tolerance policies – and they’re winning. At the 2014 Netroots Nation conference in Detroit last weekend, advocates and organizers discussed the victories and continuing challenges in the movement for school discipline reform. Watch the video>

Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board

OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board

Longtime New York City parent organizers Zakiyah Ansari and Ocynthia Williams have been named to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Community Schools Advisory Board. Congrats Zakiyah and Ocynthia! Read more>

Lynn Community Rallies for Immigrant Students

Lynn Rallies for Immigrant Students

The small city of Lynn, MA, has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate. On July 22, dozens of local parents, students and community members rallied on the steps of Lynn City Hall to protest city officials trying to scapegoat new immigrant students for the ails of a long-underfunded school system. Read more>

Feds Launch Civil Rights Investigation in Newark

Department of Education

After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will open a civil rights investigation looking at discrimination in the "One Newark" school reform plan. Read more>

How We Won Discipline Reform in Massachusetts

Winning School Discipline Reform

By: Tom Mela, Massachusetts Advocates for Children
On July 1, Massachusetts took a bold step forward in the national school discipline reform movement when its new Chapter 222 law went into effect. To help advocates in other states learn how they, too, might tackle the school-to-prison pipeline, here’s how our Massachusetts coalition came together, fought hard, and won reform. Read more>

Philly Schools Caught in "Legislative Pingpong"

Philly Caught in Legislative Pingpong

Advocates and organizers in Philadelphia came close to scoring a victory for the city's public schools only to have legislative tinkering get in the way. The district once again faces the possibility that it won't have the funding it needs to open at the start of the school year. Read more>


2014 KIDS COUNT Report: 25 Years of Fragile Progress

KIDS COUNT 2014 Data Book

In the 25 years since the start of the Annie E. Cassie Foundation's KIDS COUNT project, America has made only "fragile progress" in improving the well-being of our nation's children. The annual report ranks states according to metrics in economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. In 2014, Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa ranked at the top, and Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi ranked at the bottom. Read more>

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