Updates & Blog

Voters in several states will pull the lever on ballot initiatives related to public schools this November. Whether it's school funding or vouchers, public schools are on the docket! And in Cincinnati, a Town Hall drew a number of candidates for public office in Ohio, to hear about education issues confronting local and state schools.

The charter industry suffers defeats in Florida and California, and a load of new resources are released this week! Check out new reports on the education debt, how billionaires are buying elections, and a call for police-free schools, and a new documentary on education justice organizing. All in this week's NewsBlast!

Teachers in Los Angeles have almost unanimously authorized the union to call a strike, should ongoing contract negotiations continue to stall; The DeVos Department of Education issues faulty data on school shootings...and signals neutrality on whether federal education dollars can be used to buy guns for teachers.  New resources include a Community Schools Playbook from the Partnership for the Future of Learning. Black Lives Matter at Schools prepares for a week of action. And AROS is set to release Confronting the Education Debt, a new report on the  under-funding of schools in Black and Brown communities. All this and more in this week's NewsBlast!

Betsy DeVos and the Republicans are at it again--proposing to use ESSA money to buy guns for teachers and increase police presence at schools. Please join a webinar on restorative justice implementation, on August 29th.  New resources on community schools and state takeovers.  All this in this week's AROS NewsBlast!!  

In the Public Interest releases a new video about the cost of charter schools to traditional districts and students;  The new school year opens in a devastated Puerto Rico, where over 250 closures and encroaching privatization have created chaos for students, parents and teachers.  Read more in this week's NewsBlast from AROS!

Over 200 fill Boston City Council chambers for a hearing on the city's PILOT program. Activists are demanding that the city's tax-exempt institutions contribute more to schools and other public services!  AQE launches a series of community conversations on the School-to-Prison Pipeline...Pueblo, Colorado is the latest city to form a labor/community alliance to fight for education justice.  And Betsy DeVos's School Safety Commission braves potential grizzlies in Wyoming to hear from the public.  All this is this week's AROS NewsBlast!!

Journey for Justice Alliance hosts a webinar for legislators and elected officials; Bargaining for the Common Good webinar discusses how to incorporate racial justice at the bargaining table; BEJA continues to apply pressure to Massachusetts legislature for funding reform, and youth-led groups march to the DOE in Washington to demand that Betsy DeVos protect and maintain Obama-era discipline guidance.  Read these stories and more in this week's NewsBlast!

Cincinnati's CEJC is front and center at a rally to excoriate the state over corruption in the charter sector; Massachusetts' millionaire's tax gets excluded from the November ballot, but MEJA holds a spirited first statewide convening.  The AFT leads a delegation to the border to protest family separations, and an early look at where President Trump's 2019 education budget request is headed.

By Jay Travis and Keron Blair, co-directors of AROS

 “Judicial disruption does not get any greater than what the Court does today.”  - Justice Elena Kagan.

Parents in Los Angeles released a report and held an action about charter accountability in Los Angeles, citing the corporate make-up of charter boards in the city, and the lack of accessibility of board meetings. Meanwhile, the Schott Foundation and NPE released a new report, grading states on the accountability of their charter and voucher sectors.  AFT, AROS, NEA and 23,000 others file a formal complaint about family separations with the UN Commissioner of Human Rights. And Youth on Board in Boston has a new training available. Check it all out in this week's NewsBlast!