Academic journal article Childhood Education

Public Engagement for Public Education: Joining Forces to Revitalize Democracy and Equalize Schools

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Public Engagement for Public Education: Joining Forces to Revitalize Democracy and Equalize Schools

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION: Joining Forces To Revitalize Democracy and Equalize Schools. Edited by Marion Orr and John Rogers. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. 328pp. Paperback, $24.95. This book describes why public engagement is necessary in public education and how it works. The book is divided into three parts. The first part describes the history of public education in the United States, as well as the history of public engagement. The second section highlights different forms of public engagement. The third section gives four urban examples of public engagement in public education.

The authors define public engagement as parents informally working together to create a tutoring program; neighbors convening a forum for school board candidates to communicate their interest in alleviating school overcrowding; members of community organizing groups pressuring district officials to redistribute qualified teachers; civic and business groups forging a concerted campaign to change graduation requirements; [and] grassroots community groups joining labor unions to build a broad-based movement that will ensure all children a high-quality education. …

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