Updates & Blog

Victories to report! NYC's Coalition for Educational Justice wins $23 million investment in culturally responsive education; Houston beats back ten charter conversations, Michigan lawsuit halts the transfer of public funds to private schools. At the same time, though, Louisville is fighting a possible state takeover, and Betsy DeVos continues to pretend that racism in school discipline policy doesn't exist.  Read this week's NewsBlast!

Student walk-outs call for gun control; AROS calls for Books, Not Guns. Student organizations issue demands for safe schools. Leaders Igniting Transformation releases a report on the school-to-prison pipeline in Milwaukee. The military says no to Betsy DeVos voucher proposal. Colorado Democrats say no to DFER. Puerto Rico announces massive school closures, and the Building Movement Project and Schott Foundation host webinar and release report on labor-community alliances.  Read it all in this week's NewsBlast!!

The teacher uprisings of spring 2018 continue, with educators on the move in West Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona and Oklahoma. Students and the public are with them. AROS launches a new Books, Not Guns initiative aimed at stopping legislation allowing teachers to carry weapons in their classrooms. Advancement Project has a set of new tools, including a student walkout toolkit, and Betsy DeVos continues to travel in secret, apparently to avoid protests. It isn't working.

Books, Not Guns - a new initiative from AROS;  Department of Education is asking for recommendations for making schools safer -- have at it!  News about the March for Our Lives, and an action on the University of Pennsylvania in Philadlephia.  A tribute to Linda Brown Thompson, who died this week.  Check out this week's AROS Newsblast!

Chicago students walk-out, mic-drop and die-in for gun control; Journey for Justice Alliance releases new documentary.  Puerto Rico passes its first charter law in the wake of Hurricane Maria. And Betsy DeVos has a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day up on Capitol Hill. Advancement Project and Dignity in Schools release a new tool-kit for protecting the Obama-era discipline guidance, and more!!  Join our new "DeVos Watch" email blast!!

Louisville AROS bring the spotlight to a secretive, business-based committee trying to reform their schools behind closed doors. The Boston Education Justice Alliance calls for more counselors and student supports in the district school budget. Arming teachers?  Teachers say "no thanks."  And students from across Massachusetts converge on the headquarters of Smith & Wesson.  Check out this week's NewsBlast!!

What are critics saying about Betsy DeVos’ performance this week on 60-Minutes?

“…she has revealed a lack of knowledge about fundamental education issues…” The Chicago Tribune

“White House Officials watched…with dismay”   CNN

AROS releases an open letter to the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico - NO CHARTERS!  Massachusetts charter industry hits some headwinds; Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition fighting tax abatements; Racial Justice NOW! fighting school closings in Dayton; DeVos keeps being DeVos; Upcoming events.

Betsy DeVos encourages disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico.  Chicago Public Schools votes to close Englewood and South Loop schools despite being called out for manufacturing "community support" for the closings. Resistance will continue!  Organizers with AQE and BEJA publish commentaries blasting their states' failure to invest in public schools. Schott Foundation releases it's "Loving Cities Index."  All this, and more. Check it out!