The OTL Campaign is a national movement to create a stronger, safer, more prosperous America now by closing the opportunity gap in public education. The campaign connects advocates across the country to ensure every child’s fundamental civil right to a high-quality public school education, regardless of where they live.
The OTL Campaign seeks systemic policy change at the local, state and federal levels to hold our nation’s elected officials and education leaders accountable for providing every child access to four research-proven resources that are necessary to have a fair and substantive opportunity to learn:
- High-quality early childhood education – Research confirms that high-quality preschool education programs are a vital component of achieving grade level reading by 3rd grade and high school graduation. The slogan “Ready for kindergarten, ready for college” captures the importance of this highly leveraged investment in a child’s academic future.
- Highly prepared and effective teachers – Studies show that access to a highly effective teacher – one who has strong content and pedagogy expertise and classroom experience – can significantly improve student achievement.
- College preparatory curriculum – All students deserve access to a college preparatory curriculum that prepares them to thrive in college, career and as citizens.
- Equitable instructional materials and policies – Education researchers agree that certain instructional resources – including technology, books and other learning tools – improve teaching and contribute to positive student outcomes. Further, schools should use judgment to implement discipline policies that contribute to aiding students’ education rather than excluding them from the opportunity to learn.