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Realizing Educational RightsAdvancing School Reform through Courts and Communities$
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Anne Newman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226071749

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226071886.001.0001

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Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

A Case Study in Community Organizing

(p.88) Chapter Five Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
Realizing Educational Rights

Anne Newman

University of Chicago Press

In Chapter 5, I examine rights claims that are expressed and pursued outside courtrooms through a case study of a leading community organization, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth in San Francisco, that has long advocated for children’s rights in the education arena. The purpose of this case study is two-fold: to demonstrate how the rights claims I have argued for can be powerful tools in democratic politics in the US, and to suggest ways in which deliberative theory needs to be revised in light of the inequalities that advocates face as they employ rights claims. I consider what type of citizenship and view of politics Coleman’s efforts endorse, and how it uses rights discourse to advance its education reform goals. I also consider how deliberative ideals may need to be relaxed to make room for rights-based advocacy in non-ideal conditions.

Keywords:   Community organization, Rights claims, Deliberative democracy, Democratic politics, Community organization case study, San Francisco, Education reform, Rights-base advocacy, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

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