Updates & Blog

Teachers continue to hit the streets!  This week, Denver teachers walked out for 3 days before winning a new contract; Oakland teachers are threatening to strike as soon as next week.  CEJ continues to demand Culturally Responsive Education in New York City, and the U.S. House Education Committee holds hearings on the chronic under-funding of public schools and school buildings. All that and more in this week's NewsBlast!!

New York State education justice warriors are active!  The Alliance for Quality Education has kicked off a statewide Fact Finding Tour to identify the impacts of under-funding of schools;  CEJ continues their campaign for Culturally Responsive Education.  Journey for Justice Alliance launches a new Podcast called "On the Ground," and California Governor Gavin Newsome calls for a panel to study the impact of charter school growth on public districts.  All that and more in this week's NewsBlast!

LAUSD school board votes 5-1 to call for a moratorium on charter schools; Oakland school board closes one school, promises another 24 will be shuttered despite protests. And in Baton Rouge, a rare set-back for ExxonMobil (sorry, not sorry)

Teachers in Los Angeles walked out a week ago, demanding investment in their schools.  Parents and students joined them in record numbers--tens of thousands marched and rallied throughout the city over the six-day strike.  Last night, teachers overwhelmingly ratified an agreement.  What's next for the education justice movement, on the heels of this powerful victory?

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?