September 22, 2016

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Debate: Massachusetts Charter School Ballot Measure
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Schott 25th Anniversary Event:
Pathways to Systemic
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November 17, Boston

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Nationwide Day of Action:
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October 6

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Starting a Community School

September 28 @ 3PM ET

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Webinar: Protecting an Opportunity to Learn Through ESSA State Accountability Plans

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last year, an unprecedented level of autonomy and control has been given to states and districts in crafting education policy.

Join the Schott Foundation for an exclusive webinar — part of our 25th anniversary celebration — in which we will discuss how communities across the country can work with ESSA to protect and advance a true opportunity to learn for all children.

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Featured Campaign: Fair Funding in Pennsylvania

Fair Funding is Still an Elusive Goal in Pennsylvania Education

This week a lawsuit – filed by groups including the William Penn School District and several families here in Delaware County – made its way to the state’s highest court. Plaintiffs branded the state system for funding education as "unconscionable," offering a sub-standard style of education to children who happen to reside in poorer districts.
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

Rising Black Graduation Rate Jeopardized by Funding Cuts in Chicago

In Chicago, the graduation rate gap between black and white males is now 19 percentage points. Providing resources is critical to closing the graduation rate gap, especially for black males, said John H. Jackson, the president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Read more >

Expanding Police in Schools Will Not Keep Our Children Safe

“The U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice are investing in a strategy that will never improve school safety or create the nurturing learning environments students need to succeed,” said Hiram Rivera, executive director of the Philadelphia Student Union.
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In Connecticut, a Wealth Gap Divides Neighboring Schools

Seemingly intractable contrasts like those last week led Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher to tell the state that it had 180 days in which to rethink almost its entire system of education. Ruling in a case known as Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, Judge Moukawsher of State Superior Court in Hartford said the state was allowing children in poor districts to languish, while their wealthier neighbors soared. Read more >

White House Tackles Disproportionate Suspension Rates for Girls of Color

Incidents like the #AssaultAtSpringValley showcase a willingness, embedded in structual oppression and education policy, to treat Black girls as if they are problems to be managed. The White House released two resources that address the institutional barriers and structural violence experienced by young women of color in schools.
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