OTL Campaign Newsletter August 25, 2014


Melissa Harris-Perry on Michael Brown

Melissa Harris-Perry:
The deaths of black men in America


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Police Brutality Is an Education Justice Issue

Ferguson: Police Brutality Is an Education Justice Issue

The recent murder of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, has sparked anger and protests across the country. It has led to important conversations about the criminalization of youth of color, the militarization of the police and what we can do to end such injustices. Read more>

NY Is $5.9 Billion Behind in School Funding

Billions Behind

New York State owes its public schools $5.9 billion in funding required under the state constitution. A new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action lays out the stunning gap between what New York schools need and what they're actually getting. Read more>

Student-Centered Learning with a POP

Student-Centered Learning

Personalized learning might be hard to imagine in today's world of high-stakes testing and punitive accountability systems, but a new report shows how we could use "Personal Opportunity Plans (POPs)" to move our public education system in a new direction. Read more>

This Is What Fair School Funding Means

Roadmap to Expanding Opportunity

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy have launched a new project to put a firm price tag on what it would take to finally close the opportunity gap and ensure all students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. Read more>

Philly Schools Open Despite Major Budget Shortfall

Fund Philly Schools

Pennsylvania lawmakers failed to pass a cigarette tax that would have provided much needed funds for Philly's schools. Instead, the school year will begin with $32 million in budget cuts, leaving schools without janitors and other support staff and leaving 7,500 students without transportation to school. Read more>

The Truth About New Orleans School Reform

Education Opportunity Network

By Jeff Bryant, EON
"Juking the stats" is a practice so ingrained in the way education "reforms" are posed to the public that examples are rampant. In New Orleans, the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina was used to privatize the school district and market it as a solution for public education everywhere. Read more>

It's Time to Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

Kavitha Mediratta

In a recent commentary for Education Week, Kavitha Mediratta of Atlantic Philanthropies writes about the problems in our nation's discipline system – and the cities and communities that are changing things for the better. Read more>


What Do Americans Think of Their Public Schools?

PDK Gallup Poll

The annual PDK/Gallup poll was released this week, giving advocates and organizers an important glimpse of public opinion on major education issues. Americans' top concerns are lack of resources, too much standardized testing and overall discontent with the direction of federal education policy. Read more>

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