OTL Campaign Newsletter July 25th, 2013


School to Prison Pipeline

The School-to-Prison Pipeline: New Video from the Advancement Project


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Debunking the Myths of School Closures

Infographic: Debunking the Myths of School Closures

In cities across the country, education officials are closing public schools en masse, impacting thousands of students, disproportionately those from communities of color or low-income families. Officials use a variety of justifications to defend the closures, citing everything from budget concerns to promises of better opportunities for students. But as this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates, these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny. View and share the infographic here!

Awesome Photo Project by Boston Youth Organizers

Student Voice Matters The Student Voice Photo Booth is a picture-based project where students make signs explaining why their voices are important in the education debate, snap a picture of themselves with the signs, and then upload and share the pictures online. Add yours! Read more>

"Whole Child, Whole School, Whole City"

APlusNYC Four months after its exciting bus tour through New York City's boroughs, A+ NYC has released "Whole Child, Whole School, Whole City," an engaging report illustrating the ideas that parents, students, educators, and community members want the next NYC mayor to consider to support their schools and help every child succeed. Read more>

Illustrating the School-to-Prison Pipeline

School to Prison In an infographic, the Advancement Project details how schools criminalize students and push them down the school-to-prison pipeline through the use of harsh, zero-tolerance discipline policies. The graphic was released as part of the Advancement Project's national convening on July 11-13th. Read more>

Taking Back the "No Excuses" Mantra in PA

No Excuse

By Jeff Bryant, EON
“No excuses" has been a mantra of ed "reformers" who dismiss the effects of poverty and inequity on student achievement and instead fault teachers and school leaders. Last week, the term was rebranded by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who used it to critique policymakers in Philadelphia for pushing the school district into bankruptcy and failing to invest adequately in the city's schools. Read more>


The "Suspension Spike" & How to End Zero-Tolerance

Suspension Spike A report from New York City Comptroller John Liu compares the city's pervasive use of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools to the city's controversial and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices. While the report is particular to NYC schools, its analysis of the school pushout crisis and what needs to change can be readily applied to any district in the country, which makes it a terrific resources for advocates and organizers. Read more>

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