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Document Number: 7066

Engaging Cities: How Municipal Leaders Can Mobilize Communities to Improve Public Schools - Mayors are in a unique position to rally civic and community stakeholders around a compelling common interest the future of their cities' children. The visibility and authority of the mayor's office provide opportunities to: (1) place public education high on the city's list of priorities; (2) work toward ensuring adequate funding and resources; (3) forge partnerships that enrich and sustain schools; and (4) build public will and support to improve outcomes for the city's children and youth. This report looks at five cities Denver, Akron, Long Beach, Nashville and New York where mayors have engaged the public and built civic capacity around education reform, using the leverage of their office in strategic ways. (Michael Grady, Robert Rothman and Hal Smith, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, July 2006) ...


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