Massachusetts

Education Redlining in Boston Public Schools

A new study from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) finds that only 20 percent of Boston Public School students are enrolled in high quality schools, and access to those schools is unequally distributed across the city's student assignment zones. Students of color, in particular, are shortchanged, with Black students having just a 1 in 10 chance of enrolling in a high quality school compared to their white peers who have a 1 in 3 chance.

If your chance of attending a high quality public school depends on where you live, chances are your school district policies are redlining your education. A new study from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) finds that only 20 percent of Boston Public School students are enrolled in high quality schools, and access to those schools is unequally distributed across the city's student assignment zones.

Free Webinar: How to Go from Mad to Movement Building!

Join the Opportunity to Learn Campaign (along with members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, our partner in the Solutions Not Suspensions initiative) for a 60-minute webinar on October 3rd to learn how you can go from outrage over harsh school discipline polices to movement building! This webinar will examine how student organizers in Philadelphia were able to collect necessary data, build their coalition, and win a decisive victory bringing about alternatives to out-of-school suspensions.


Free Webinar! Solutions Not Suspensions:
How to Go from Mad to Movement Building

October 3, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Schott Foundation Releases "The Urgency of Now: 50 State Report on Black Males and Public Education"

The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males finds that almost half of Black and Latino males do not graduate high school in four years.  Without a policy framework that creates opportunity for all students, strengthens supports for the teaching profession and strikes the right balance between support-based reforms and standards-driven reforms, the U.S. will become increasingly unequal and less competitive in the global economy. Where does your state rank? Visit www.blackboysreport.org to learn more!

Journey for Justice! Advocates Protest School Closures in D.C.

Students, parents, teachers and other education advocates across the nation are fed up with school closures. And they're taking their protest to Washington, D.C this week! As Andre Dunbar, a student activist from the Philadelphia Student Union explains in a guest post on Anthony Cody's Education Week blog, "Journey for Justice" will take place on Thursday, September 20th. Buses will be arriving from Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Baltimore (MD), Chicago (IL), Cleveland (OH), Detroit (MI), Europa (MS), Hartford (CT), Kansas City (MO), Los Angeles (CA), New Orleans (LA), Newark (NJ), New York City (NY), Oakland (CA), Philadelphia (PA), and Wichita (KS), and advocates will rally at the U.S. Department of Education.

UPDATE: Join the discussion and follow live updates from the event on Twitter using #Journey4Justice and on Facebook!

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Journey for Education Justice 2012

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-09-19
On Thursday, September 20th, parents, students, and advocates from the across the country will be driving to Washington D.C. to protest school closures and advocate for supports-based reform policies. Journy for Justice is an event not to be missed! Check out the trailer below to learn more!

On Thursday, September 20th, parents, students, and advocates from the across the country will be driving to Washington D.C. to protest school closures and advocate for supports-based reform policies. Journy for Justice is an event not to be missed! Check out the trailer below to learn more!

Boston Parents Training New Youth Organizers

For the second year in a row, the Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON) held a successful Youth Summer Initiative, training a new group of students to be advocates for education in their local communities. BPON, an OTL ally, works to organize parents and families who are marginalized (whether by race, class, language, disability or immigration status) to ensure quality educational opportunities for all students. During the Youth Summer Initiative, students and youth organizers, ages 13-18, received training on issues like the Boston Public Schools Code of Conduct, peer leadership and grassroots organizers.

For the second year in a row, the Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON) held a successful Youth Summer Initiative, training a new group of students to be advocates for education in their local communities. 

Good Intentions Gone Wrong: Flaws in MA's 'Equitable' Foundation Budget

If you're confused by the intricacies of Massachusetts's state education funding system and in particular its "foundation budget," you're not alone. So why don't you sit back and let the folks at Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center demystify the whole process for you and explain how a two-decades-old law is denying low-income school districts the resources they need to adequately educated their students.

If you're confused by the intricacies of Massachusetts's state education funding system and in particular its "foundation budget," you're not alone. So why don't you sit back and let the folks at Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center demystify the whole process for you and explain how a two-decades-old law is denying low-income school districts the resources they need to adequately educated their students.

Solutions Not Suspensions! A Call for a Moratorium on Out-of-School Suspensions

Today the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign is joining forces with the Dignity in Schools Campaign to launch Solutions Not Suspensions, a call for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions. Every year, 3.3 million students in the United States are suspended from school, causing them to miss critical learning time, as well as opportunities to grow and succeed. Recent federal data show that Black and Latino students and students with disabilities are disproportionately targeted by suspensions. Solutions Not Suspension is calling on states and districts to support teachers and schools in dealing with discipline in positive ways – keeping students in the classroom and helping educators work with students and parents to create safe and engaging classrooms that protect the human rights to education and dignity.

Solutions Not Suspensions

The National Opportunity to Learn Campaign and the Dignity in Schools Campaign Launch National Initiative on School Discipline

A Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting a Human Rights Framework for Schools

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-08-01
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

The Dignity in Schools Campaign Model Code on Education and Dignity presents a set of recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education, dignity, participation and freedom from discrimination. The Code is the culmination of several years of research and dialogue with students, parents, educators, advocates and researchers who came together to envision a school system that supports all children and young people in reaching their full potential.

Good Idea: MA Won't Deny Suspended Students Education Resources

Thanks to the advocacy work of students, parents and communities across Massachusetts, a new law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick will give suspended or expelled students access to educational resources like alternative schools, tutoring or online learning programs. It will also require school districts to report data on suspensions and expulsions to the state in order to better identify disparities in which students are being pushed out of school and denied the resources and opportunities they need to learn.

Thanks to the advocacy work of students, parents and communities across Massachusetts, a new law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick will give suspended or expelled students access to educational resources like alternative schools, tutoring or online learning programs. 

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