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The Fight for America's Schools

Grassroots Organizing in Education

Barbara Ferman (editor)

ISBN: 9781682530962

Publication Date: Oct 2017

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Investigates 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.
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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 state takeovers 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.
Language English
Pages 200
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Oct 2017
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Series Education Politics and Policy
Subject/s Education   Politics & Government  
Barbara Ferman is a professor of political science at Temple University and founder and executive director of the University Community Collaborative.

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