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ERIC Number: EJ975883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
From Agitating in the Streets to Implementing in the Suites: Understanding Education Policy Reforms Initiated by Local Advocates
Newman, Anne; Deschenes, Sarah; Hopkins, Kathryn
Educational Policy, v26 n5 p730-758 Sep 2012
Community organizing for education reform continues to expand across U.S. cities, and this article provides a framework for understanding how grassroots advocacy organizations influence local education policy. Comparing two landmark policy reforms achieved by advocates in California, we analyze the complicated role advocates have in reform that they initiate and see through to implementation. We highlight how political context, ideas about social change, and advocacy strategies interact in the advocacy process. We find advocates must agitate enough to compel change, while maintaining legitimacy with public officials who can institutionalize reform. A framework for analyzing local advocates' work is particularly salient as community organizing for education reform continues to spread across US cities. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; United States