Bills to Watch 2019: Final Update

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  This legislative session was a whirlwind! Over one thousand bills were introduced, and while very few of those were eventually signed into law, important progress was made that deserves recognition. Below is OPEN’s review of events, focusing on the issues that most strongly impact students and families.   SCHOOL CULTURE: BULLYING, DISCIPLINE HB 160, […]

#PolicyForThePeople Bills to Watch: Discipline, Bullying, & Culture

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School discipline policy is always a hot topic in the state legislature, and this year is no exception. Public schools and particularly charter schools continue to use discipline policies (i.e. suspension and expulsion) that unfairly impact students of color and are not effective in creating safe and positive school environments. This session, there are five […]

OPENING Letter 2019, Part IV: So What’s Next?

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For much of OPEN’s nearly 10-year history we have focused on building the capacity of people to confront inequitable systems focusing on the place where they are created and negotiated: the policy table. We’ve done it all, from traditional boots-on-the-ground organizing, to policy advocacy, community leadership programs and professional development for homegrown education talent. Through […]

One Foot Out The Door: The Closing of Crescent Leadership, Public Trust, and School Accountability

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New Orleans charter Crescent Leadership Academy — the city’s only alternative setting for middle school students — has announced it will shut down October 31st, in the middle of the school year, for financial reasons. Though OPEN has concerns about how this could happen, we are especially concerned about what it says about equity in […]