ERIC Number: ED462493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Case Study: Community Organizing for School Improvement in the South Bronx.
Zachary, Eric; Olatoye, Shola
This paper documents how a group of concerned parents and the New Settlement Apartments (NSA), a unique housing development group in New York City that manages 900 units of low to moderate income housing, used community organizing to try to raise academic achievement in their neighborhood elementary school. It discusses why schools in low-income neighborhoods so often perform poorly, locating as the root cause the lack of political will to ensure that all children receive the quantity and quality of educational resources they need and deserve. This case study of the New Settlement Apartments Parent Action Committee illustrates the opportunities and challenges that result when a community-based organization extends its work of rebuilding a low income neighborhood by organizing the community's political will and capacity to improve its public schools. The group ultimately succeeded in removing the school's principal because they held him responsible for student failure to learn. The paper narrates the development of NSA's Parent Action Committee, the organizing strategies they employed in their efforts to improve the school's outcomes, and the assistance provided by the Community Involvement Program of New York University's Institute for Education and Social Policy. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Action, Community Needs, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Parent Participation, Poverty, Public Housing, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
New York University Institute for Education and Social Policy, 726 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003. For full text: http://www.nyu.edu/iesp/publications/cip/IESP_CIPcasestudy.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Education and Social Policy.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)