Education Theater

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Another season of educational theater… It’s that time of the year again, when all sides don their masks to begin the annual educational theater season, where we all pretend we know where the school performance scores come from and what they mean about the quality of our public education system.   You can feel the […]

#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 […]

#PolicyforthePeople Bills to Watch: HB338

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Tell schools to keep their codes (and hands) out of Black kid’s hair!   HB 338 is an education bill that addresses bullying, harassment, and discrimination policy. The bill requires schools to take reasonable steps to prevent and eliminate discrimination against students and also requests increased work on community engagement and discrimination-related training for school […]

OPEN Commemorates Black History in Education

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The relationship between Black Americans and the public education system has historically been a fraught one, driven by tension between Black citizens’ desire for educational opportunities and white power-holders’ determination to keep them out through racially-coded public policy. In fact, Black Americans’ first historical experience with public education was that of an anti–school system, consisting […]

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 […]