ERIC Number: ED467358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
From Schoolhouse to Statehouse: Community Organizing for Public School Reform.
This report reviews the activities, strategies, successes, and problems of diverse school reform efforts across a 14-state sample of community organizations. In 1999 and 2000, interviewers visited over 40 organizations and conducted telephone interviews with dozens of other organizations involved in education reform. They met with directors, organizers, parent and youth leaders, community activists, and other participants in organizing efforts aimed at public education. Overall, community organizers focused on a wide variety of issues within public education. Organizations tended to concentrate more on issues of accountability, the learning environment, and materials than on instructional quality. They had a substantial record of progress, with important victories won in nearly every area of educational reform. National and regional networks played a major role in education organizing. Parents were the most important constituency for most organizations. Many organizations worked in relative isolation. Many applied their organizing strategy piecemeal or needed assistance in developing strategies for building and maintaining a power base. They tended to lack both information and access to quality research. Recommendations for building organizational capacity, creating linkages, and optimizing strategy and tactics are provided. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Parent Participation, Public Schools
National Center for Schools and Communities, Fordham University, 33 West 60th Street, Eighth Floor, New York, NY 10023. Tel: 212-636-6699; Web site: http://www.NCSCatFordham.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Open Society Inst., New York, NY.; Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Needmor Fund, Toledo, OH.
Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., New York, NY. National Center for Schools and Communities.