Streetwise for Book Smarts

STREETWISE FOR BOOK SMARTS
Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx

Author: Celina Su

Website: http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=5349

Date of Publication: 2009

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Publisher Synopsis:

In Streetwise for Book Smarts, Celina Su examines the efforts of parents and students who sought to improve the quality of education in their local schools by working with grassroots organizations and taking matters into their own hands. In these organizations, everyday citizens pursued not only education reform but also democratic accountability and community empowerment. These groups had similar resources and operated in the same political context, yet their strategies and tactics were very different: while some focused on increasing state and city aid to their schools, others tried to change the way the schools themselves operated. Some coalitions sought accommodation with administrators and legislators; others did not.

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