Updates & Blog

30,000 Los Angeles teachers from over 900 schools hit the streets this week to demand more school resources, a moratorium on charter schools and investment in the schools all our students deserve! They were joined by over 10,000 parents, support staff, students and community members. This week's NewsBlast includes snippets from this bold and brave action. Also, investment in public education is becoming a "thing!"  And the New York State Board of Regents just says "no" to Betsy DeVos.

Over 50,000 teachers, school staff, parents and students took to the streets of Los Angeles  on December 15th.  As the possibility of a strike looms, Reclaim Our Schools LA is asking for national support to amplify their demands for the schools all our students deserve.  Meanwhile, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kept her promise to rescind the Obama discipline guidance--at the same time that a Rand Corporation study found that restorative practices are effective!  Finally, this week's NewsBlast includes two job descriptions -- please share them with organizing friends and colleagues!

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.

Check out this week's NewsBlast!  Senator van Hollen introduces a bill to fully fund Title I and IDEA; Chicago charter school teachers strike, and Chicago's superintendent calls for a halt to new charters.  Good Jobs First report finds $1.8 billion in losses to schools due to corporate subsidies. A new report from Communities for Just Schools, and more!

The Peoria People's Project wins the clawback of TIF funds for the city's schools!  Center for Popular Democracy launches a #YouthDemand petition and video in anticipation of the release of the DeVos Commission report. Parents, educators and students in Los Angeles plan for a big march for Public Education. The Coalition for Education Justice is planning another Parent Power School!! All this and more in this week's NewsBlast!!

This week we feature a short round-up of some of the most important education elections around the country, leading with several wins through the concerted organizing efforts of labor/community coalitions!  What does it mean for education to have the U.S. House under Democratic control? 

Cincinnati Education Justice Coalition hosts 30 members of the Journey for Justice Alliance from Chicago for a tour of two Cincinnati community learning centers.  Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance holds a Halloween action outside the offices of the pro-privatization Pioneer Institute.  And AROS and the Schott Foundation wish Cassie Schwerner luck as she begins a new position.

What a busy week!  A coalition in Pittsburgh won a continued ban on weapons in schools; Reclaim Our Schools LA holds a demonstration calling for more investment in LA schools; Cincinnati and Massachusetts activists are planning events next week!  And AROS released a new video short exploring what disinvestment looks like in schools.  We also have new T-shirts!!  Check out this week's chock-full NewsBlast!!

New Jersey appears to have an informal moratorium on charter expansion. Will it hold?  Students and supporters in Pittsburgh and Chicago call for #PoliceFreeSchools and investment. A new toolkit to aid campaigns against the school-to-prison-pipeline. Check it out in this week's NewsBlast!

Students and parents in Boston went to Northeastern University today with a message for the school: pay your fair share towards the city's schools and other public services!  Public Education, and especially funding for schools will be a big issue at the polls on election day next month! Find out where.  And follow Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on her "back to school" tour, where her public events were met with protest, and her most telling meeting was hidden from view.