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for Justice! Advocates Travel to Washington D.C. to
Protest School Closures!
Solutions Not Suspensions
is calling for a
moratorium on out-of-school suspensions and the
implementation of positive discipline alternatives in
schools across the country.
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Foundation Report: The Urgency of Now
The Schott Foundation for Public
Education released The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50
State Report on Public Education and Black Males.
The report finds that almost half of Black and Latino male
students do not graduate high school in four years. The
report cites the "pushout" and "lockout" crises facing
Black and Latino male students – which are the
result of "an unconscionable level of willful neglect,
unequal resource allocation by federal, state and local
entities and the indifference of too many elected and
community leaders." The Schott Foundation
supports the Solutions Not Suspensions moratorium
and suggests that without a policy framework that creates
opportunity for all students, strengthens supports for the
teaching profession and strikes the right balance between
supports-based reforms and standards-based reforms, the
U.S. will become increasingly unequal and less competitive
in the global economy. Where does your state rank?
Journey for Justice Rally in Nation's Capital to End
teachers and education advocates across the nation are
taking their protest of school closure policies to
Washington, D.C! As Andre Dunbar, a student activist
from the Philadelphia Student Union explains, "Journey
for Justice," which will take place today, Thursday
Sept. 20th, is about stopping the harmful practice of
school closure and instead investing in our public
schools. Advocates will be taking buses from Atlanta,
Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Europa,
Hartford, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Newark,
New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, and Wichita to
make their voices heard in the nation's capital. Read
OTL Advocates Walk the Line in Chicago
Jitu Brown, a public school parent, a
community organizer and a proud Chicago resident,
demonstrated alongside the striking Chicago Teachers
Union. In a powerful blog post, he lays out the reason he
and other OTL advocates supported the strike. Namely, the
CTU teachers were fighting to ensure that all students
receive a fair and substantive opportunity to learn, so
it's only right that we walk the line with them. Read
Nation Wants to Hear from YOU!
As part of NBC's annual Education Nation
event in New York City, Melissa Harris-Perry is hosting
the Student Town Hall on Sunday, September 23rd. And she
wants to hear from students and youth organizers across
the country about how they would improve their schools!
Upload a short YouTube video talking about how you would
fix America's schools to ensure that all students have a
fair and substantive opportunity to learn. Submit your
video today, we can't wait to watch it! Read
Parents Train New Youth Organizers
For the second year in a row, the Boston
Parent Organizing Network (BPON) held their 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. Read
LA, Another Victory for School Discipline Reform!
Grassroots advocates working to reform
school discipline are on a roll! The latest victory comes
from the Recovery School Districts in New Orleans, which
will no longer suspend students for minor misbehaviors
(like uniform violations) thanks to the organizing efforts
of groups like Families and Friends of Louisiana's
Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), a member of the Dignity in
Schools Campaign, and other allies. Read
Now, Savings Later: Early Ed Talking Points
"Savings Now, Savings Later" is an incredibly useful
two-page brief from ReadyNation that outlines both the
short-term and long-term benefits of early childhood
education programs in easy-to-understand, statistics-filled
talking points. From parent mentoring programs to basic
health care services to quality pre-k programs, the evidence
is clear: Access to these programs and services creates
healthier and stronger children, families and communities. Read
up for Teachers: "Teachers are heroes, not
villains, and it's time to stop demonizing them," writes
Eugene Robinson in a powerful column for the Washington
Post defending teachers in Chicago and across the
Indignity of Metal Detectors in School: In the New
York Times, columnist Michael Powell tells the
heartbreaking story of how metal detectors installed in
one NYC school are undermining students' trust and
denying them dignity and opportunity in the classroom. Read