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Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s

Elizabeth Todd-Breland


In 2012, Chicago’s school year began with the city’s first teachers’ strike in a quarter century and ended with the largest mass closure of public schools in recent U.S. history. On one side, a union leader and veteran Black woman educator drew upon organizing strategies from Black and Latinx communities to demand increased school resources. On the other side, the mayor, backed by the Obama administration, argued that only corporate-style education reform could set the struggling school system aright. The stark differences in positions resonated nationally, challenging the long-standing allian ... More

Keywords: education, civil rights, Chicago, African-American/Black history, African-American/Black politics, public schools, charter schools, teachers, unions, desegregation, community control

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469646589
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Todd-Breland, author
University of Illinois at Chicago

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