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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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Attending to the Base and Consolidating Alliances

Attending to the Base and Consolidating Alliances

(p.89) 4 Attending to the Base and Consolidating Alliances
Organizing for Educational Justice

Michael B. Fabricant

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the efforts of the CC9 in building both internal capacity and external partnerships, as well as the practices that were implemented in order to expand parent involvement and develop leadership capacity. What set the CC9 apart from its predecessors was a recognition that social change could not be won unilaterally or simply through community resistance. Effective campaigns for school reform would require the involvement of powerful partners; but such partnerships also posed certain problems and challenges. The CC9 recognized that community groups must search for partners beyond the locality in order to obtain reforms for public schools embedded in a large system. Critically, the CC9 understood that parents, although necessary to the success of their campaigns, simply were not sufficient. The CC9’s outreach to outside partners and investors contributed to its growing power and social capital.

Keywords:   CC9, social change, campaigns for school reform, community groups, public schools, social capital

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