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Fain, Amy; Contreras, Diane Eason – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Oklahoma implemented universal pre-K in 1998. It is one of only five states that has or is implementing universal preschool, and for several years has served more four-year-old children than any other state. The organization, Community Action Project (CAP) Tulsa, occupies a unique position in this work. As one of the largest anti-poverty agencies…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Student Promotion, Poverty Programs
Chin, Maisie – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
CADRE, an organization led by Maisie Chin, is a Human Right to Education Campaign. Between 2005 and 2013, CADRE played a lead role in using grassroots organizing and leadership development to create a seismic shift in public policy, debate, and narrative around school discipline, racial disparities, parents' roles, school climate, and closing the…
Descriptors: Community Action, Community Organizations, School Community Programs, Partnerships in Education
Chatterjee, Oona – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
The election of Mayor Bill de Blasio in November 2013 was a historic moment for proponents of student-centered, equity-driven public education. During the campaign, de Blasio ran on an agenda of ending New York City's "Tale of Two Cities" and elevated a comprehensive vision for improving the city's more than 1,800 public schools as a…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Opportunities, Community Organizations, Community Coordination
Easton, Billy – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, represents a dramatic shift from his predecessor Michael Bloomberg in the area of education. Bloomberg was a national trendsetter on market reforms focused on privatization, testing, and competition. De Blasio was elected on an agenda of classroom investments, student supports, parent and community…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Metropolitan Areas, Strategic Planning
Guevara, Fiorella – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
A change in political leadership typically signals a growth in organizing campaigns to find and endorse the candidate with ideas most similar to their own. However, what if instead of focusing on finding the best candidate, organizing groups decided to focus on the conversation? How would you then use an election to engage the members of the…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Change Strategies
Weinberg, Phil; Sweet, Kim; Israel, Doug; Sullivan-Yuknis, Liz – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
During the 2013 New York City mayoral race, the coalition A+ NYC--made up of community organizers, social service and advocacy groups, and other citywide and statewide groups--set out to ground the education conversation in research and proven practices. In a campaign called PS 2013, A+ NYC brought together education experts and practitioners as…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Stakeholders, Expertise
Vinocur, Julian – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
For nearly a decade, New York City education groups organizing to improve education under Bloomberg could regularly be found protesting on the steps of City Hall. Before the 2013 mayoral race, a typical education protest would--at its best--earn media coverage from a couple of outlets. The fact that parents, students, and teachers rally for more…
Descriptors: Debate, Mass Media Use, Educational Policy, Educational Change
Shaakir-Ansari, Zakiyah – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
In May 2013, this author moderated the first mayoral debate in New York City. It was held at New York University with hundreds of parents, students, and teachers in attendance. There were more than sixty media outlets, including MSNBC. The debate had attracted national press, thanks to Anthony Weiner's entry the day before into the New York City…
Descriptors: Public Education, Metropolitan Areas, Educational Change, Parent Role
Ng, Elaine – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Nationally, many resources are spent on programs to ameliorate poor educational and economic outcomes for our children and families, in particular for urban and immigrant families. Programs like the federally funded Head Start, Community Development Block Grants, and thousands of nonprofits across the nation provide out-of-school-time academic and…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Chinese Americans, Family Programs, Cultural Influences