On November 30th, our allies in Arkansas gathered for the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit, a fantastic weekend of trainings, workshops and networking for organizers and advocates. One of the many highlights of the event was reading essays by the winners of the summit's student essay contest, who wrote in answer to the prompt "Why an Opportunity to Learn is important to me."
Did you know that Arkansas had the fourth fastest rate of immigrant population growth from 2000 to 2010? Learn about that and more on Tuesday, Jan.
In the first in a series of policy proposals, the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign advocates the creation of Personal Opportunity Plans for every student who is one grade level or more behind in reading or math, giving them access to the academic, social and heathcare supports they need to get back on track.
Need some help developing or advocating for policies in your state to tackle school pushout and end the school-to-prison pipeline? Then look no further than this newly released state policy guide from the Opportunity to Learn Campaign!
The following is a press release from OTL allies and education advocates in Arkansas in reponse to the recent ruling from the state Supreme Court that significantly undermines the state's equitable funding system and puts the fate of fair funding for public schools in Arkansas at risk. Read our rundown of the ruling and what it means for education reform here.
Equitable funding in the state of Arkansas took a beating in a ruling from the state Supreme Court issued Thursday, one that puts the future of fair funding at risk and undermines decades of work by advocates and OTL allies in the state.
In case we needed any further proof that advocacy and organizing do make a difference, a report from the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy says that for every dollar invested in advocacy in the Gulf/Mid-South states, communities saw a $114 return on the investment.
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Great news for children in Arkansas! A new campaign is fighting to ensure that all students are reading proficiently in third grade by 2020. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, coordinated by the Winthrop Rockerfeller Foundation and supported by several OTL allies, is pushing for better access to early childhood education and summer programs, a reduction in chronic absenteeism and an increase in parent and community engagement.