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SXSWedu 2015

Grassroots Mobilization for Education Reform

Many advances have taken place in education during the past years. However, low income students of color, especially Latino and Black, continue to underachieve academically. One of the potential causes of the stagnation is the existence of outdated policies that leave children behind. The panelists will discuss the role of activism and grassroots mobilization in education reform in the US with special attention to case studies on mobilization efforts that have translated into policy changes.

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  1. Are advocacy and grassroots mobilization effective to push education policy agendas? With a broken Congress why bother?
  2. What examples do we have of successful mobilization efforts of Black and Latino communities. Have those efforts translated into real change at the policy level? What are the lessons learned?
  3. What is the role of technology in advocacy? What are the most cutting edge innovations today in civic tech and how do these technologies can be used in education reform?



Ximena Hartsock, President, Phone2Action

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  • Tags: advocacy
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Policy & Funding
  • Level: Deep Understanding
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