query: education organizing

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Fri Jul 18 18:03:05 CDT 2003

[ed:  thanks to Sandy for replying to Emily's query.]

From: "John and Sandy O'Donnell" <sjod at interaccess.com>

Emily, two groups are Chicago's Leadership Co-op on Education Organizing
(awade at leadercoop.org) and the Cross City Campaign for School Reform
(www.corsscity.org), which recently produced an excellent set of materials
through its Indicators Project on Education Organizing.  Andy Wade (first
group) and Chris Brown (second group) know more about education organizing
than any people I know.

The Center for Communtiy Change also has an education organziing initiative
& produces a nice newsletter, Catalyst (www.communitychange.org).  ACORN
also organizes around school reform.

Two groups build organizing capacity around school facilities issues:
Neighborhood Capital Budget Group (contact alee at ncbg.org) and 21st Century
Education Fund in Washington DC (Mary Filardo).

Two other publications on my bookshelf: Mediratta et al.  "Organizing for
School Reform" (www.nyu.edu/iesp) and National Center for Schools and
Communities at Fordham University, "Unlocking the Schoolhouse Door:  The
Community Struggle for a Say in our Children's Education."

> From: "Emily C. Dreyfus" <emily at justice4all.org>
> The JustChildren program is initiating a Virginia grassroots 
> organizing campaign on educational quality and equity issues.  I'm 
> collaborating with Joe Szakos, Director of the Virginia Organizing 
> Project, to establish a state-wide network of activists on education 
> reform issues. I've gotten in touch w/ some local groups who are 
> focussed on city-wide school reform, as well as finding information 
> about a few state-wide efforts.  I have a few questions that I 
> wondered if you could help with:
> * Is there a clearinghouse, or a national group that is coordinating 
> support and information-sharing among state-wide/regional/city-
> wide groups?  
> * Who has implemented effective grassroots leadership 
> development on educational issues?
> * What social change goals have been attempted/won at the state 
> level?
> * Which groups have built coalitions which included school and city 
> managers who wanted to hold the state accountable?
> Any other resources or ideas would be appreciated.  FYI, at our 
> website below there is a wealth of self-help information for parents 
> and service providers.  Our handbook, "Helping You Help Your 
> Child" is available in Word, if anyone wants to adapt it for your 
> community.
> -Emily Dreyfus
> Emily Dreyfus,
> JustChildren Community Education Coordinator
> Legal Aid Justice Center
> 1000 Preston Avenue
> Charlottesville, VA 22903
> (434) 977-0553
> (434) 977-0558 (fax)
> 1-800-578-8111 (toll-free for families)
> www.justice4all.org
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