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Promise Neighborhoods

Recommendations for a National Children’s Anti-Poverty Program Inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone. Read the report here.


Racial Justice Framework

Justice Matters, Inc.

How do we incorporate racial justice into current educational practice? This report is a tool for those interested in developing a more racially just school system. It outlines the values of racially just schools and the barriers to achieving these type of schools. It then connects this analysis to concrete steps for communities of colors to undertake when fighting for policy to incorporate a racial justice education framework in their schools. Get this resource here.


Bridging Research and Education Organizing: Can We Strengthen our Combined Resources?

Justice Matters, Inc.
by Olivia E. Araiza

This paper examines the role of research in education organizing efforts. The role of research in education change work takes on different and sometimes conflicting meanings for community organizing groups and research-based organizations. This paper explores the implications of each research approach for education change efforts, and how the two approaches can be bridged for greater combined power. Download it here.



Educational Justice Blog

The Century Foundation: Taking Note Blog



Here is a list of websites with more resources regarding quality education.

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Center for Community Change Action Guide for Education Organizing

Center for Community Change
Why Organize for Better Public Schools?
January 2004


Is improving the quality of education in public schools a top priority for members of your organization or community? If so, then you are not alone. Increasingly, grassroots organizations around the country are organizing around public school issues and winning substantive change.

  • In Sacramento, organized parents proposed and won a program to train and compensate teachers to visit the homes of each of their students, developing relationships with parents and respecting their input. The program was so successful in increasing parent involvement and student performance in the schools that the state legislature funded its expansion statewide.

  • In Albuquerque, New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere, community organizing has stopped or cut back on efforts to turn low-income schools over to unaccountable for-profit corporations;
  • In Chicago, the Bronx and other cities, parents, working with teachers have won new programs to recruit, retain and support high quality teachers in struggling schools. Even though your organization has successfully won other campaigns, does the prospect of tackling public school issues seem daunting? This action guide is geared toward organizations that already have experience organizing on other issues, and now want to take a look at public education—but need an education primer to get them started. This guide assumes the reader already knows the nuts and bolts of organizing, and wants to learn the public school landscape in order to apply those organizing skills on a new terrain. Read the full report here.

Core Essays

Anneberg Institute for School Reform
Understanding Education Equity and Excellence at Scale

Educators and the general public in our nation are deeply divided over the meanings of excellence and, especially, equity in education. The respected education scholars whose essays are featured in this section share their insights into the meaning of these concepts in light of the deep, structural inequities in our education system that reinforce the unacknowledged advantages to more-privileged students and barriers to less-privileged students in achieving excellence. Read the essays here.


Education, Equality and Race

Ashbrooke Center for Public Affairs
On Principle, v3n2
April 1995
by: John Agresto

When has America not been divided, harassed and harmed by the race issue? The best instinct of the Founders--that all men are created equal--was undercut and submerged by the irrepressible fact of slavery. The lives of thousands given in the service of abolition were forgotten in the years of segregation, black codes and Jim Crow. And now (with the best of intentions we are told) the vision of a nation where race doesn’t matter will not materialize--now and in the future people will be helped or hindered because of their complexion. Dwell on race. Count by race. Classify by race. Take race "into account." Reward by race. Harm by race.

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Your Right to Equality in Education

July 17, 2003

Getting an education isn't just about books and grades - we're also learning how to participate fully in the life of this nation. (We're tomorrow's leaders after all!)

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Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted

The New Yorker
by Malcolm Gladwell
October 4, 2010

At four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. They were freshmen at North Carolina A. & T., a black college a mile or so away.

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