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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Education one year ago this week.  The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools marks this anniversary with a Report Card on her tenure.

To assess the Secretary’s leadership, we reviewed the U.S. Department of Education’s mission and purpose statements, and identified four specific roles in public K12 education on which to review her work.

In each area, it is clear that the Secretary, far from leading the agency to fulfil its mission, is taking us in exactly the opposite direction. This is not based on incompetence, but on a fundamental disdain for the historic role of the federal government in ensuring access and equity to public education for all children.

Another action-packed week in education organizing!! Students in Camden protested privatization, while Racial Justice NOW! in Dayton, and pretty much everyone in Chicago is fighting to keep schools open.  A new report in Michigan recommends targeted funding for low-income kids and students with disabilities.  Pittsburgh moves forward towards new community schools, and more!  Take a look.

Lots to report this week!  DACA in jeopardy, affecting students and teachers...The upcoming #WeChoose week of action...The AFT weighs in on the importance of Obama's discipline guidance, and the OCR reaches a settlement with Milwaukee Public Schools on disparities in discipline rates.  Gamaliel hosts a webinar on community schools, while TN AROS has a commentary published in the Memphis newspaper.  More showings of Backpack Full of Cash...phew!!

This week's NewsBlast includes:  Ten victories in education justice; #WeChoose plans national town hall; CEJ continues the fight for culturally relevant education; AROS hosts first online gathering of AROS table leaders.  Check it out!

Happy New Year from AROS!  Check out this week's NewsBlast, which includes news of yet another protest during a speech by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, news of another round of Chicago school closings, and a new report about barriers to enrollment in Arizona charter schools.  The fight is on for 2018!  Thanks for being part of the resistance!

#WeChoose holds national town hall,  AFT protests K12- the nation's largest for-profit charter operator.  Indianapolis AROS hosts a showing of Backpack Full of Cash.  Pittsburgh works towards community schools, and a new report from the Learning Policy Institute supports community schools as a turnaround strategy. Welcome to the AROS NewsBlast!  And we wish everyone a happy holiday season.

#WeChoose holds a national summit in Washington, D.C.,  Pennsylvania senate debates a voucher bill.  The Huffington Post studied what's taught at some voucher schools across the country -- it's scary. And FairTest releases an analysis of why so many campaigns to reduce testing are winning!  Read all about it in this week's AROS NewsBlast!

Betsy DeVos encounters protests in Nashville; Department of Education considers scrapping discipline guidance; Commentary by UYC and CPD on how to make schools safer; Screening of Backpack Full of Cash in Rochester; Upcoming #WeChoose national critical conversation.  Read it all in this week's NewsBlast!

"Art Build" in Minneapolis brings students, parents and educators together for 3 days to create movement banners and posters....and they were immediately put to use at a press conference in St. Paul calling on the millionaires and corporations on the Super Bowl host committee to invest in public schools!  Tennessee AROS is planning to protest Betsy DeVos at an appearance in Nashville...Philadelphia state-run school board dissolves itself, returning Philly schools to local control...the California NAACP adopts a resolution supporting sustainable community schools.  And more!!!

Chicago coalition fights a proposed police and fire training facility--demands funding for schools instead.  Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and community groups planning a victory rally next week to celebrate the return to local control.  Research for Action releases progress report on Philadelphia community schools.  Sign up for the Education Organizer's Weekly Message!