Updates & Blog

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.

From student walk-outs to parent boycotts to mock town halls with a Gov. Chris Christie impersonator, Newark's school year is off to a strong start – at least as far as parent and student organizing goes.

The recent murder of Michael Brown, another unarmed Black youth, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked anger and protests across the country.  It has led to important conversations about the criminalization of youth of color, the militarization of the police, and what we can do to end such injustices. Such tragedies are all too common in this country; a Black person is victim to an extra-judicial killing every 28 hours.

In a victory for Kansas City community groups and the local teachers union, the organizers have defeated a proposal for corporate takeover of the city’s schools.  On August 6, the state school board voted unanimously to give Kansas City provisional accreditation status, returning control of the schools to the city for the first time since January 2012.

Youth and community organizing efforts have been winning changes to harsh and discriminatory school discipline practices across the country. Increased use of restorative justice can reduce suspensions, but we must see these programs massively expanded to help address racial disparities in education. We need a school climate and curriculum that is supportive, encouraging and challenging for all students!

In the wake of the Vergara decision in California, the rights of teachers, and their ability to advocate on behalf of their students, are coming under attack. Just last week, former CNN anchor Campbell Brown helped file a new, Vergara-style lawsuit in New York.

But parents,  students and teachers in the state are fighting back!

Organizers and advocates in the small city of Lynn, MA are demanding just educational and immigration policies for migrant children.

In the face of stagnating wages and economic distress, two recent court decisions driven by anti-worker extremists threaten to undermine workers’ ability to unite for good jobs. The Vergara v. California and Harris v. Quinn decisions are part of a broader attack on working people and low-income communities and schools that is funded by right-wing billionaires such as the Koch brothers and the Walton family.

Over 500 parents, students  and educators rallied in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 13th, the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. The rally kicked off a National Week of Action organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, which represents over 7 million parents, teachers and students nationwide who are fighting for equal opportunity and educational justice. The Alliance was there to honor Brown’s 60th anniversary and to renew the call for equity and opportunity in our nation’s public schools.