August 13, 2016

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Featured Campaign: Campaign to End Zero Tolerance Policies

Ban School Suspensions

Some teachers complain that they haven't been trained yet in these practices, so suspension bans are premature. But as Cassie Swerner, senior vice president at The Schott Foundation, points out, "The bans have to happen immediately because of the cost to young people, not only in their immediate lives but in their futures — you can't get that year back."
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Webinar Video & Recap: Strategies for Lifting All Children Up

What will it take to ensure that all children have an opportunity to learn, regardless of their background or which school they attend? This is the question we discussed during our latest webinar, “Strategies for Lifting All Children Up," part of Schott Foundation’s Grassroots Education Series. Read more and watch >

Community Schools — and the organizing it will take to build them

Recent Netroots conferences have highlighted inequities in school funding, the school-to-prison pipeline, and this year featured a session on the community schools model led by Schott Foundation grantees and partners. Read more and watch >

News and Resources from the OTL Network

California NAACP proposes moratorium on new public charter schools

The NAACP noted in its resolution that it joins Journey 4 Justice, a national coalition of community organizations that has been particularly active in Chicago, and other groups in calling for a freeze on charter schools. Read more >

Boston City Council votes to oppose charter school ballot measure

The Boston City Council voted to oppose a November ballot measure that would create or expand charter schools in Massachusetts, citing concerns that it would drain funding from public schools. City Council President Michelle Wu said she opposed lifting the charter school cap immediately without specific new funding legislation.
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A Vision for Black Lives

In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda.
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U.S. Education Department issues guidelines for supporting homeless students

“Homeless children and youth face a number of barriers to getting the education they deserve and the services they need to succeed in school and beyond,” U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. said in a statement. “It is our hope that the guidance we are releasing today will serve as a tool to help states and districts better serve homeless children and youth – we can and we must do better.”
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