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Publisher: University of Texas Press.
Genre: Social Science.
ISBN: 9780292777194, 9780292777194.
Observers of all political persuasions agree that our urban schools are in a state of crisis. Yet most efforts at school
reform treat schools as isolated institutions, disconnected from the communities in which they are embedded and
insulated from the political realities which surround them. Community Organizing for Urban School Reform tells the story
of a radically different approach to educational change. Using a case study approach, Dennis Shirley describes how
working-class parents, public school teachers, clergy, social workers, business partners, and a host of other engaged
citizens have worked to improve education in inner-city schools. Their combined efforts are linked through the community
organizations of the Industrial Areas Foundation, which have developed a network of over seventy "Alliance Schools" in
poor and working-class neighborhoods throughout Texas. This deeply democratic struggle for school reform contains
important lessons for all of the nation's urban areas. It provides a striking point of contrast to orthodox models of
change and places the political empowerment of low-income parents at the heart of genuine school improvement and civic
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780292777194, 9780292777194
Imprint: University of Texas Press
Publication Year: 1997
Height: 229 mm
Length: 152 mm
Weight: 879 gr