AROS Newsletter - May 8, 2015

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Newsletter
May 8, 2015

Welcome to our May 8 newsletter! Here's the latest from education organizers across the country. Be sure to share updates from your city or state with us on Twitter and Facebook, and, as always, you can tell your friends and colleagues to sign up for our newsletter here.

Youth Organizers at J4J Conference
Shout out to the amazing youth organizers with the
Alliance for Educational Justice who came to the
Journey for Justice conference last weekend in Newark!
See more conference pictures here.

The Alliance for Newark Public Schools hosted an event this week to raise awareness of the community school reform model as an alternative to the takeovers and turnarounds proposed by the city's state-appointed superintendent, Cami Anderson. Over 100 people turned out for the event, which was part of an ongoing, citywide campaign with Mayor Ras Baraka to fight for more wraparound services for students and their families under the community school model. Learn more about the Newark campaign here.

Also in Newark: Hundreds of students from East Side High School walked out of classes last week to protest the district's plan to put their school into a turnaround program. Check out some great pictures from the walkout here.
One of the results of the New York poll.

A poll released this week by the Alliance for Quality Education and the Center for Popular Democracy found overwhelming support from New York voters for requiring charter schools to be more transparent in their use of public funds and for them to provide equal educational opportunities to high-needs students. View the poll results here.

Mayor Bill de Blasio won his campaign in large part because of his education platform, which, influenced by thousands of education organizers in the city, called for the creation of 100 community schools. This week, his administration announced it is doubling down on that promise with a new strategic plan to get more than 200 schools operating under the wraparound services model by 2017. Thank you to the parents, students, teachers and community members who have championed this issue! Read more here.

Education Austin DACA Clinic
More pictures from the DACA clinic in Austin here.

Members of Education Austin held a clinic at Webb Middle School last week on the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and helped 18 students complete DACA applications. Even a small scale event like this calls for a big thank you to the teachers and volunteers working to make sure all their students get a fair shot at a great education!

AROS members joined the National Charter Schools Week discussion on Twitter to call for more public accountability for charter schools to ensure they are using public funds appropriately and are serving all students equally, especially those with high needs. Read more here.


May 12: AROS Southern Regional meeting in Little Rock, AR. For more information contact Evie Frankl at

May 30: Boston-area Educators for Social Justice Conference. List of workshops here, register here.

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