OTL Campaign Newsletter August 9th, 2013


A Plus NYC

Grassroots Education Group
A+ NYC Has a Message for NYC Mayoral Candidates


Sign the Declaration!

Add your name to the OTL Campaign's "Education Declaration" and support the growing national movement for equity and opportunity in education.
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Civil Rights Rally

Civil Rights Rally for Fair School Discipline - Sacramento, CA
Wednesday, August 14th
Click here for details

Philly Rally

Join Philadelphia organizers in a
"Day of Action to Save Our Schools"
Philadelphia, PA - Thurs. August 22nd
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Join AACF for a Policy Cafe in
Helena, AR - Tues. August 27th
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Tony Bennett

What's Wrong with the "Accountability" Movement?

FL Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, who rose to fame by advocating for school "accountability," resigned in the wake of a scandal over his role in influencing the rating of an underperforming charter school. There's a bigger problem: "Accountability" is part of a rigged education reform agenda that demonizes struggling pubic schools while letting policymakers off the hook for failing to invest in them. Read more>

NY Allies: "Test Score Drop Shows Need for Supports"

NY Tests

After the release of New York's test scores from the first Common-Core aligned state test, advocates and organizers are taking officials to task for implementing the new standards without also ensuring schools and students have the resources they need to meet those standards. Read more>

Students Testify at Chicago Board of Ed Meeting

Chicago students Student organizers have become a regular (and inspiring) fixture at Chicago Board of Education meetings. Recently, 20 students took the podium to give powerful testimony about the disastrous impact that school closures, underfunding and high-stakes testing have had on their education. Read more>

New Orleans Schools Not Supporting ELL Families


A complaint filed by the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA), an OTL ally, criticizes schools operating in East New Orleans for failing to meet the language needs of Asian American and Latino students and parents with limited English. Read more>

FL Sets Lower Standards for Students of Color


Advocates in Florida have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state for setting lower achievement standards for students of color and "perpetuating the prejudiced perception that African-American and Hispanic students are less capable than their white and Asian-American peers." Read more>

How Districts Can Support Young Men of Color

Ed Week

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case verdict and President Obama's remarks, Education Week interviewed Cassie Schwerner of the Schott Foundation about how schools and a supports-based education reform agenda can help all students, particularly young men of color, succeed. Read more>


How Much Time and Money Do We Spend on Testing?

Testing More, Teaching Less If public schools were allowed to do away with high-stakes testing and the 60-110 hours they spend on test prep each year, they could add almost an entire period to the school day and save between $700-1000 per student. "Testing More, Teaching Less" measures the costs of high-stakes testing and what that time and money could be used for instead. Read more>

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