Parent & Community Stakeholder Voice, Agency & Influence 
in Public School Communities
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Has the public kept its commitment to the
public education system?

Education has always been recognized as a high priority for all parents even when laws prohibited and limited certain Americans from learning how to read and write. Has the public kept its commitment to the public education system? Learn more about the public school system and how citizens, as constituency builders, are
vital to its survival. Discover what education means to them, 
by clicking  h ere , here  (or  here), here. , and  here,   Click here to listen to Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Prize speech focusing on her fight for a quality education for all children. 
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Good Governance  Requires Active Citizen Participation
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Citizen Engagement is Increasing
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Learning Citizenship
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Why Constituency Building
to Improve Public Schools?
Who is showing up for public school children to act on their behalf within public school communities? Throughout the years many advocates, activists and stakeholders have focused on constituency building. Here is a report from the Ford Foudation underscoring the purpose of constutency-building, and why it is important
from their perspective. 
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Constituency Building and Policy Work: Three Paradigms

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From Users & Choosers
To Makers & Shapers:
Repositioning Participation in

Social Policy
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Representing Relationships
Between Parents and Schools:
Making Visible the Force of Theory

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By examining the narratives of middle class mothers, the authors were able to illuminate the ways that ideology both "supports and obscures class privilege and status advantage." While they nominally endorse liberal ideals and practices for others' children, middle class mothers separated themselves and their children from those they saw as different through portrayals that highlight images and actions purported to set up poor practices and attitudes toward education. . .  or mimic cultural deprivation theories. . .  Brantlinger et al. go beyond Epstein's descriptions of ways to connect with schools by examining how the ideas about action and the values they imply make the meanings of these actions quite different


Parents and
Brown vs. the Board of Education 
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