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Document Number: 4227

Organizing for School Reform: How Communities Are Finding Their Voice and Reclaiming Their Public Schools - This study, conducted by the Institute for Education and Social Policy, examines the work of 66 community groups that are organizing to improve public education in low-performing schools and districts. The report outlines seven key findings: (1) community organizing around school reform is growing; (2) schools are improving and better communities are built; (3) community organizing is shaped by the issues and members involved; (4) adult and youth organizing groups work separately, but intergenerational organizing is growing; (5) organizing groups are becoming more sophisticated; (6) groups are addressing access, legitimacy and accountability; and (7) organizing groups need support to scale up. (Kavitha Mediratta, Norm Fruchter and Anne C. Lewis, Institute for Education and Social Policy, Steinhardt School of Education and New York University, October 2002)...

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