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Community Organizing for Stronger Schools: Strategies and Successes

In cities across America, community organizations are becoming involved in the cause of public school reform. They aim to transform the role of young people, parents, and community members in public education. As the results of their campaigns become more visible, community groups are beginning to stir interest and gain support among education reform advocates, policy makers, and private foundations.

Drawing on a six-year national study, this book offers an analysis of community organizing for school reform. The authors examine the role of organizing in building social and political capital and improving educational outcomes for students in some of the nation’s most challenged school districts. They delineate the strategic choices and organizational characteristics that foster successful initiatives and consider how community organizing can support increased civic engagement and sustained educational reform. Finally, they discuss the challenges facing this burgeoning field.