We're helping to shine a spotlight on Los Angeles, where teachers are threatening to go on strike over the corporate education reform agenda of LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. UTLA teachers, parents and students are demanding lower class sizes, an end to random searches of students, charter accountability, better wages for teachers, and more. Meanwhile, youth-led organizations and others are focused on the impending release of the final report from the DeVos Commission on school safety. We report on the #PoliceFreeSchools movement and the potential impact of the Commission's report.
Student walk-outs call for gun control; AROS calls for Books, Not Guns. Student organizations issue demands for safe schools. Leaders Igniting Transformation releases a report on the school-to-prison pipeline in Milwaukee. The military says no to Betsy DeVos voucher proposal. Colorado Democrats say no to DFER. Puerto Rico announces massive school closures, and the Building Movement Project and Schott Foundation host webinar and release report on labor-community alliances. Read it all in this week's NewsBlast!!
AROS releases an open letter to the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico - NO CHARTERS! Massachusetts charter industry hits some headwinds; Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition fighting tax abatements; Racial Justice NOW! fighting school closings in Dayton; DeVos keeps being DeVos; Upcoming events.