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This Is Our School!Race and Community Resistance to School Reform$
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Hava Rachel Gordon

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479848317

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479848317.001.0001

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(p.207) Conclusion
This Is Our School!

Hava Rachel Gordon

NYU Press

The conclusion brings together the various strands of theorizing throughout these chapters in order to illustrate the potential impact of local social movement organizing on urban school reform. It discusses the common role that race and class privilege and power play in the elite reformer movement and the gentrifier movement that opposes it. It also highlights the ways the neoliberal nonprofit context and institutionalization of social movements enable activists to stretch the neoliberal imagination, while also forcing these activists to push more radical educational justice visions to the “backstage” of their organizations. It then moves on to analyze the significance of the working-class African American and Latinx fight against school choice, school closure, and reform experimentation, and what this means for neighborhood mobilization against neoliberal school reform as a tool for gentrification. The conclusion offers lessons learned about how broad but fragmented resistances can more effectively combine into deeper antiracist and economically just coalitions that hold the power to take back schools and neighborhoods from elite market forces.

Keywords:   coalition politics, neoliberalism, inequality, racism, school privatization, gentrification, public schooling

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