Arkansas OTL Campaign Holds Education Advocacy Day
Over 200 Organizers, Advocates & Policymakers Defend Public Schools
On February 20, over 200 members of the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign made their way to Little Rock for an Education Advocacy Day! Their goal: show their support for education reforms that provide every student with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn and highlight the progress the state has made in the past decade by implementing sound, research-based policies.
Ahead of the Advocacy Day, the Arkansas OTL Campaign released a flier (sample page below) linking the the state's progress in education in recent years to increased investments in public schools. That progress is in danger, however, by new proposals aimed at privatizing the state's public education system.
The flier is a fantastic resource for education advocates across the country – it lays out the case perfectly for policies like equitable funding, increased access to early education, investments in teachers, afterschool and extended learning opportunities, and school discipline reform. These policies form the basis for a supports-based education refrom agenda that ensures all students have access to the resources they need to succeed. After all, we can't close the achievement gap without closing the opportunity gap that underlies it.