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ERIC Number: ED412627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Texas' Alliance Schools: Developing Strategies of Social Capitalization in Schools and Communities. Final Deliverable for OERI. Prepublication Draft.
Shirley, Dennis
The transformation of education and the formation of social capital in Texas has been brought about by local organizations of the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation, or the Texas IAF. The organizations have operated in innercity neighborhoods to develop mutually reinforcing matrices of school improvement and community uplift. By 1992 Texas IAF organizations had developed a partnership with the Texas Education Agency to create a network of 20 "Alliance Schools." This paper describes the manner in which Texas IAF organizations built social capital in the Alliance Schools and their surrounding communities in one city in Texas. The paper first briefly describes the purpose, internal structure, and methods of community organization of the Texas IAF. The next section describes the Texas IAF's politics of education in San Antonio, the city in which IAF organizations have most transformed both the power structure of the city and the operating processes of the public schools. The next section critiques the Texas IAF's school work and suggests ways in which that work can inform and enrich social capital theory. The paper sketches out a vision and practice of citizenship organization that can counteract America's declining social capital through tenacious forms of neighborhood and school improvement in the nation's central cities. (19 footnotes.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.; Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)