This fantasic video from OTL ally Alliance for Quality Education asks the very simple question: Will you fund our schools?
Who better to talk about the challenges and opportunities young women of color face in education than the young women themselves? As part of an ongoing project, the Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with Boston-based Teen Voices to produce a short film featuring teens "as the experts and agents of their own learning experiences, offering examples of effective strategies and solutions for closing the opportunity gap." The goal of the project is to promote public discourse about barriers to educational equity for girls of color and push for change in education policy and practice.
This must-watch video is a touching short film that elevates the voices of those at the center of America's education crisis – namely, the parents, teachers and students who must bear the brunt of today's standards-based reform agenda (which includes standardize testing, school closures, merit pay, competitive grants, inequitable funding, etc.) without the supports they need meet those standards or provide every student with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.
Check out this amazing video chronicling Journey for Justice, a protest event held in Washington, D.C. in September! Advocates from across the country (including several OTL allies) traveled to the nation's capital to rally and march against school closures, which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Before being given the axe, these schools are often set up to fail: they're chronically underfunded and unable to provide the types of resources and opportunities students need to succeed. As the advocates in the video say, "Justice is equitable funding for all our schools."
Parent advocates fighting the use of so-called Parent Trigger laws to turn public schools over to charter management organizations held a red carpet protest at the worldwide film premier of Won't Back Down, a production of pro-privatization Walden Media.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign is gearing up for their annual National Week of Action on School Pushout! Check out this trailer for the event, and click here to learn more and get involved in your local community!
In August, the Opportunity to Learn Campaign joined with the Dignity in Schools Campaign to launch "Solutions Not Suspensions: A call for a moratorium on out-of-school suspension." Watch video of the Los Angeles launch event, courtesy of Our Weekly, below. Learn more about the initiative here.
Let the students from Youth United for Change, PhillyCAM and Art Factory fill you in on the crisis facing public schools in Philadelphia. The groups produced a short "docu-music video" chronicling the effects of school closures on students, teachers and communities. "Project 2012: Ending the Education Apocalypse" is hands down one of the best pieces of student activism you'll see!
Over the next several months, the New York Education Commission will be hosting public hearings across the state. Check out this video from Alliance for Quality Education to learn how to register to speak at your local regional meeting!