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Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality$
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Ben Kirshner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479861316

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479861316.001.0001

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“Not Down with the Shut Down”

“Not Down with the Shut Down”

Student Activism against School Closure

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Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality

Ben Kirshner

NYU Press

This chapter discusses a case involving the closure of a high school. School personnel, community leaders, and youth had formed the Student Leadership Council after a contentious spring culminated in the closing of the school. Researchers approached the group to ask if they could form a partnership to document their experiences as well as the experiences of their peers. The chapter discusses what ensued for young people whose interests were not represented adequately in a school closure decision. It chronicles what young people wanted from their school and why they objected to the decision to close it. It also offers an object lesson in why stronger opportunities for student voice and participation are needed in the struggle for educational equity.

Keywords:   student activism, high school students, high school, school closure, youths, educational equity, student voice

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