Leaders from the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, Journey for Justice Alliance and Dignity in Schools Campaign came together to discuss organizing for racial and educational justice in today's political climate, and how movements can win when they build grassroots power from the bottom-up. Learn more and watch >
New York is sailing into choppy financial waters next year: Tax revenue is slowing and there’s a $4 billion deficit that needs to be closed.
“The state has an obligation to address those challenges and if there’s a fiscal challenge then they’ve got to come up with other ways to address the revenue issues,” said Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education. Read more >
Through an innovative union-management partnership, a struggling public school in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan was able to turn around using proven strategies: empowering educators, reducing class size, and building stronger relationships with students and their families. Read more >
The U.S. Department of Education released a document earlier this month that spells out eleven proposed "priorities" Secretary Betsy DeVos will consider for the department's discretionay grant program. Peter Greene at The Progressive dissects the priorities and considers their impacts on public education Read more >
A long list of anxieties — around school budget cuts, bullying, coarse political discourse and the shaky status of immigrant students — is taking a toll on teachers, a new survey shows, with more educators now saying their mental health is suffering than just two years earlier. Read more >
Through the lens of the current Denver school board race, this essay goes into detail to describe how the flow of dark money — funds donated to nonprofit organizations that spend the money to influence elections but do not have to disclose where they got it — is impacting school boardpolitics across the country. Read more >
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