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ERIC Number: ED581255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 200
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-6825-3096-2
The Fight for America's Schools: Grassroots Organizing in Education
Ferman, Barbara, Ed.
Harvard Education Press
In "The Fight for America's Schools", Barbara Ferman brings together a diverse group of contributors to investigate how parents, communities, teachers, unions, and students are mobilizing to oppose market-based reforms in education. Drawing on a series of rich case studies, the book illustrates how disparate groups can forge new alliances to work together toward common goals. "The Fight for America's Schools" tackles recent changes in the landscape of education policy that have prompted significant alterations in the politics of education. Collectively, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, the Common Core State Standards, and now the Every Student Succeeds Act have chipped away at the traditional center of community control--a trend reinforced by the charter movement, school closures, and sS of some urban schools. At the same time, market-based reforms have sparked resistance from teachers, parents, students, and community groups. The book explores grassroots organizing campaigns in mid-Atlantic cities and suburbs, describing the reconfiguration of historical alliances, the mobilization of new organizations, and the potential for new coalitions that provide a countervailing force to establish political configurations and strive to preserve education as a public good. Following the Introduction by Barbara Ferman, contents in the book include: (1) Challenges to Coalition Building: Confronting Power with Creativity (Barbara Ferman and Nicholas Palazzolo); (2) A Tale of Two Cities: Community Resistance in Newark and Camden (Stephen Danley and Julia Sass Rubin); (3) With Our Powers Combined: Grassroots Activism in Philadelphia (Elaine Simon, Rand Quinn, Marissa Martino Golden, and Jody C. Cohen); (4) When the Personal Becomes Political: Parent Organizing and the Opt-Out Movement (Barbara Ferman); (5) Organizing Goes Statewide: The Case of Save Our Schools NJ (Julia Sass Rubin); (6) Lessons from the Grass Roots (Barbara Ferman); and (7) Preserving Education as a Collective Good (Susan DeJarnatt and Barbara Ferman). Sections about the editor and the contributors are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top