This Week in Education Organizing - July 24, 2015

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Newsletter
July 24, 2015

Welcome to our July 24 newsletter! Share the latest from your city or state with us on Twitter and Facebook. Don't forget to tell your friends and colleagues to sign up for our newsletter here.

Chicago Town Hall
Chicago students address the audience at a
town hall event against charter school expansion.
Picture via @KatieOsgood_.

To help grassroots education organizers and advocates across the country understand what's at stake in the rewrite of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we've put together an analysis of the parts of the comprehensive Senate bill that relate specifically to our key issue areas of sustainable community schoolscharter school accountabilityschool discipline reform and high-stakes testing. The House also passed a version of the ESEA rewrite, but unlike the Senate bill, the House bill is distinctly partisan and stands little chance of becoming law. Read our analysis here.

More on ESEA: The Journey for Justice Alliance, an AROS partner, was featured this week in a Mother Jones article that breaks down the ongoing debate over high-stakes testing and the federal role in education policy. Read it here.

On Thursday, several hundred Chicago residents attended a town hall event hosted by the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council in Chicago to speak out against charter school expansion in their community. Given that the local public schools are making big improvements, BPNC is organizing parents, students and teachers to demand that the city's board of education halt the expansion of charter schools and provide fair school funding to meet the needs of students and their community. Check out pictures from the event here and read more about it here.

A great new video from the Community Coalition and the Schott Foundation for Public Education highlights the hard work of parents, students, teachers and community members in Los Angeles and their successful fight to win fair school funding for LA students. The video also doubles as a step-by-step guide for how to build powerful, community-led campaigns. Watch it here!

AROS Director Keron Blair and partners like the Alliance for Educational Justice and the Journey for Justice Alliance will be joining advocates and organizers in Cleveland this weekend for The Movement for Black Lives national convening. Against the backdrop of Sandra Bland's death in police custody, the convening will focus on organizing and movement building to fight the countless inequities and injustices that communities of color face in this country. Follow the action in Cleveland on Twitter with #M4BL.

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