OTL Campaign Newsletter September 16, 2013


Philly Funding Crisis

Philly Funding Crisis Forces City to Start Donation Fund for School Supplies


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Welcome to CharterLand! How Charter Pushout Works

Many policymakers herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Based on research from Dr. Kevin Welner at the National Education Policy Center, this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates the obstacles and pitfalls some charters set up to weed out or push out struggling students and those who need additional supports. Read more>

Report: Race to the Top Is "Deeply Flawed"

Broader Bolder

A review of the first three years of the federal Race to the Top program finds that its key tenet of teacher and school accountability is "deeply flawed" because it fails to address the opportunity gap in access to educational resources that puts students of color and low-income students at a disadvantage. Read more>

Boston Takes the Lead in MA Discipline Reform

Boston Public Schools There's a new victory in the fight to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Last week, the Boston School Committee adopted a new Code of Conduct by unanimous vote that centers on alternative and supportive discipline practices. Read more>

NY Gov. Proposes "Death Penalty" for Schools


NY Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks struggling public schools should be given the "death penalty." Rather than supporting these schools with additional resources, he thinks they should be closed down, taken over by the state, or turned into charter schools. Read more>

Six Questions for Boston's Next Mayor on Ed Equity

Boston Mayoral Race

As Boston prepares to elect a new mayor this fall, education advocates and organizers need to put equity and access to quality public schools front and center in the mayoral debates. Here are the 6 questions every Bostonian should ask the candidates about their education policies. Read more>

Are Girls Invisible in Movement for Boys of Color?

Monique Morris

In our national discussion around educational inequities, the narrative often focuses on the plight of boys and young men of color who face the worse injustices and lack of opportunity. Monique Morris, a Soros Justice Fellow and co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute, thinks this focus on young men of color, while important, is rendering young women of color and the unique struggles they face invisible. Read more>


Civil Rights Project Discipline Data Tool

Suspensions Data Tool For a quick, easy way to find suspension rates in your district broken down by race, gender and English learner or disability status, check out this new online tool from UCLA's Civil Rights Project. This is a key resource for advocates and organizers working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Read more>

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