Milwaukee participants in the Feb. 17 nationwide walk-ins hold signs protesting a proposed state takeover of the city's public schools. Photo via NoMPSTakeover.
Mark your calendars for March 18! The Southern Education Foundation will be hosting a can't-miss webinar on state takeovers of public schools and how parents, students, teachers, community members and policymakers can fight back. The webinar will feature AROS National Director Keron Blair, Kyle Serrette from the Center for Popular Democracy, and Ken Zarifis from Education Austin.
Click here to register and read below for more details.
Lawmakers in nearly a dozen states have passed or are considering legislation that creates a state-run school “district” that is empowered to seize control of individual low-performing schools. The districts – often called “Achievement School Districts” or “Opportunity School Districts” – are touted as a way to improve student academic outcomes. State-run districts are in place in Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee. They have not improved academic outcomes for most students. Instead, they have served as a mechanism for wholesale conversion of public schools to charters, and to disenfranchise tens of thousands of African American and Latino voters. What’s the real story behind state takeovers? Is there a better way to support struggling students and schools?
This webinar is intended for students, parents, teachers, community advocates, policymakers, and others interested in learning the facts about state takeovers and in discussing proven alternatives to turnaround struggling schools.