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Organizing for Educational JusticeThe Campaign for Public School Reform in the South Bronx$
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Michael B. Fabricant

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669608

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669608.001.0001

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The Collaborative to Improve School District 9

The Collaborative to Improve School District 9

(p.41) 2 The Collaborative to Improve School District 9
Organizing for Educational Justice

Michael B. Fabricant

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the origins of the CC9, which began as a small-time campaign to improve local schools in the South Bronx area in New York City. The organizers’ efforts would later snowball into a collaborative campaign between six Bronx-based community agencies committed to parent-led organizing. Its members understood the distressing correlation between poor education and poor urban conditions; they considered that a more effective public education system as the key to improving the community as a whole. Though initial efforts to that regard had been undermined by neoliberalist policy making, using a collaborative effort the CC9 eventually prevailed in securing respective communities’ interests. Following a presentation of the CC9’s background, brief biographies of the CC9’s key members, and the shared moral foundations that had driven them to generate social change are outlined.

Keywords:   South Bronx, New York City, parent-led organizing, neoliberalist policy making, biographies, CC9, public education system

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