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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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Grassroots Democracy and Parent Organizing

Grassroots Democracy and Parent Organizing

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Organizing for Educational Justice

Michael B. Fabricant

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses policy, theory, and practice themes inspired by the work of the CC9, focusing on the lessons learned “scaling up” from local to district-wide campaigns. The CC9 platform challenged neoliberal assumptions of the disenfranchised possessing neither agency nor empowerment. It emphasized expansive and empowering collaboration within its ranks, as well as the mutual stakeholder responsibilities each member possessed—such an organization spread out at the grassroots level in the poorer communities can necessitate the needed public school reforms. There needs to be a collective effort between parents and public officials in order to improve poorer communities. The CC9’s role in District 9 schools can be replicated by other community groups in that vein—with the end goal of ensuring the poorer citizens’ rights of citizenship.

Keywords:   CC9, CC9 platform, District 9, disenfranchised, agency, empowerment, neoliberal assumptions, community groups, citizenship

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