Community Organizing and School Reform

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mark Warren argues that community organizing is key to address the persistent failure of public schooling in low-income communities. A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, written with Karen L. Mapp, is based on a comprehensive national study, the book presents rich and compelling case studies of prominent organizing efforts in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, San Jose, and the Mississippi Delta. He’s joined by Desiree Pilgrim Hunter, board president and leader of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, one of the organizations profiled in the book.


Desiree Pilgrim Hunter and Mark Warren
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Comments [2]

Christmas from Rural, CT

I've observed a long time ago as a young adult that it would be challenging to say the least to attempt to bring in a child into the world in the US maybe more so compared to France or other Western European Countries if one was from a low income background. I opted for one knowing that anymore it would be more of a struggle w. I suppose one would call a middle class income. One works to live in the right community that has a good school outside of NY & commutes a great distance to provide a quality of life. It's a shame what's happening, in essence we are becoming a two classed society. It's also equally alarming that our government values spending money on war and not on school (not our current President- yet he inherited a massive mess.) It's a Brave New World. Carry on, spread the word and good luck w. your cause.

Dec. 15 2011 12:02 AM
Chitra Prabhakar from N.J

Arne Duncan did not say that parent's role is just to "feed, clothe, shelter and help children with their homework". He has repeatedly urged (e.g. 4/12/11), parents to engage at every level, including where school, district, state and federal decisions are being made. He called upon parents to be part of the solution, and to offer suggestions on how we can work together to close achievement gaps and improve student learning. Duncan urged parents to advocate for and demand excellence from schools.

Dec. 14 2011 08:02 PM

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