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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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Conclusion: Collaborating to Realize Rights

Conclusion: Collaborating to Realize Rights

(p.106) Chapter Six Conclusion: Collaborating to Realize Rights
Realizing Educational Rights

Anne Newman

University of Chicago Press

This concluding chapter highlights how the strengths and weaknesses of court-based reform and community organizing mirror each other, and how neither type of advocate is likely to single-handedly realize students’ right to a high quality education. This raises the question: Why don’t litigators and community organizers work together more to realize the educational rights they aim to achieve? The chapter identifies some of the challenges and opportunities such collaborations present, and it draws upon what worked well in Kentucky to consider how potential barriers can be overcome with a focus on the policy implementation stage. Even when such collaborations come together, a moral dilemma remains: if local advocacy does not have broader impact, a premium is placed on the community into which children happen to be born and educated. The chapter concludes by emphasizing how local control of education policy is a significant obstacle to the realization of educational rights in the US, and highlights some promising shifts in federal policy that suggest openings for reform on this front.

Keywords:   Community organizing, Social reform litigation, Education rights, Policy implementation, Federal education policy

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