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Cross-City Campaign for Urban School Reform: A Study of the Contributions of Community Organizing to Urban School Reform

Released January 2004

The Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform and RFA developed the Indicators Framework, which is being used to document the impact of community organizing for school reform. RFA has used the Indicators Framework in case studies of five community-organizing groups nationwide to portray these groups’ achievements in moving forward the process of school improvement and strengthening school/community connections.

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