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Title:
Community organizing for urban school reform
Author:
Shirley, Dennis, 1955-
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Edition:
First University of Texas Press edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1260 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780292777187

9780292777194
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Book

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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 renewal.


Summary

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 renewal.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I Origins
1 The Contemporary Context
2 Moving Schools into the Power Arena
Part II Developing Civic Capacity
3 Morningside Middle School: Starting a Path for Change
4 Jefferson Davis High School: The Struggle for Reform
5 Ysleta Elementary School: From Parental Engagement to a New School
6 Zavala Elementary School: Learning the Tools of Democracy
7 San Antonio: Building Networks of Reform throughout the City
8 Texas: Alliance Schools throughout the State
Part III Analysts and Critique
9 Resistance to Change
10 The Pursuit of Success
11 "A Great Truth Wants to Be Criticized"
12 Building Laboratories of Democracy
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I Origins
1 The Contemporary Context
2 Moving Schools into the Power Arena
Part II Developing Civic Capacity
3 Morningside Middle School: Starting a Path for Change
4 Jefferson Davis High School: The Struggle for Reform
5 Ysleta Elementary School: From Parental Engagement to a New School
6 Zavala Elementary School: Learning the Tools of Democracy
7 San Antonio: Building Networks of Reform throughout the City
8 Texas: Alliance Schools throughout the State
Part III Analysts and Critique
9 Resistance to Change
10 The Pursuit of Success
11 "A Great Truth Wants to Be Criticized"
12 Building Laboratories of Democracy
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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