Updates & Blog

Over the past year, the Center for Popular Democracy (a member of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools) has been investigating charter schools across the country. Their reports are an effort to hold charter school operators (private companies that receive taxpayer dollars to manage a school) accountable to the same financial and transparency standards as public schools.

"Community Schools" are becoming a model for how schools and local partnering organizations can offer wraparound supports to students and their families (like in-school health clinics, after school tutoring or job training) to address the unique needs of every student and ensure they come to school ready and excited to learn. This toolkit from the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and the Center for Popular Democracy gives an overview of how community schools work and how advocates can push for them in their own cities and districts.

Education organizers and social justice advocates in Philadelphia and Cincinnati are coming together to host events marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day and linking the issues facing our nation's schools and students today to the historic struggle for equal opportunity.

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is calling for the School Reform Commission to place a moratorium on new charter schools until the financial crisis that has consistently plagued our school district has been resolved.

Students are standing up across the country to demand excellent public schools and local control. The adults that are in charge of their schools and supposed to be encouraging and educating them, are instead trying to shut down their voice, exclude them from the debate and even criminalize them while they are exercising their democratic rights. This repressive response from those who make decisions about our schools is blatantly undemocratic, racist and, unfortunately, typical of how they operate. Where’s the educational lesson in that?

Uniting for the Public Schools Our Children Deserve!

Join parents, students, educators and community members on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in 20 cities across America in our “walk-ins” to support Sustainable Community Schools. 

Philadelphia's schools are under attack. Teachers and community members need your help.
Take and share a "solidarity selfie" to show your support!

Organizers for educational justice have had busy and exciting past few weeks! 

Check out the video compilation we made for our recent conference!

The future of public education stands at a critical crossroads. For over 20 years, communities of color have been the targets of a wave of market-driven education reform, rooted in corporate principles of competition, choice and consequences. Billionaires, philanthropists, policy advocates and local, state and federal elected officials have all supported this approach, funding teacher evaluations, Common Core development and implementation, charter schools and other such reforms.