Updates & Blog
On March 4, grassroots leaders, parents and students from around the country hosted a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Welcome to the First AROS Newsletter!
Starting today, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools will be bringing you regular updates from our allies across the country who are fighting for the public schools all our children deserve. Get the latest from advocates and organizers nationwide, and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook to share updates from your city!
On Wednesday night, the Philadlphia School Reform Commission (which controls the city's schools in lieu of an elected school committee) voted to reject 34 of 39 applications to open new charter schools in the city. The vote was a blow for those trying to expand charters in Philadelphia and a victory for the many parents, students, teachers and community members who are demanding that the city invest in its resource-starved public schools rather than continuing to let charters drain away funding.
Members of the Newark Student Union are currently staging a sit-in at the office of the city's state-appointed Superintendent, Cami Anderson. They are demanding Anderson's resignation and protesting her One Newark school reform plan, which was implemented this past fall.
Ahead of city elections in May, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools has released a powerful platform uniting their call for equal opportunities in the classroom with citywide demands for economic and racial justice. It's an amazing example of how education organizers can create a unified movement to better support not just students, but also their parents and the wider community.
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.