Transforming Public Schools

Parent and community groups push for meaningful school reform in low-income neighborhoods On June 11, 1997, the New York Times heralded the news that the nation’s fourth graders scored above the international average in math and science, according to the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Politicians and educators cited this as evidence that more […]

Bringing School Home

“Ms. Clanton,” called a student as Michelle Clanton made her way down the hall of Camden Middle Community School in Newark, New Jersey. For Clanton, the community school project director, a short walk from one side of the school to the other took about 20 minutes, as she was stopped several times by students with […]

Making Work Pay

Nellie Cunningham works for ARAMARK, a food service provider for one of Baltimore’s public high schools, where she prepares student lunches. She has been working in the food service industry for 26 years. Georgia Gibson is a Baltimore bus aide and ensures that children are safe as they go back and forth to school. Deborah […]

Closing the Wage Gap

Minimum wage doesn’t buy what it used to. Based upon the federal government’s own poverty line, it’s not even enough to survive. To close the gap, community groups and unions around the country are organizing, prompting many cities to pass ordinances requiring some businesses to pay living wages. It’s still not enough, but it’s a […]

Action In Concert Builds Community

The community development movement has grown tremendously in size and scope over the past few years. Thousands of CDCs now produce a wide range of low-income housing, from single family homes built with HOME and Hope VI funding, to multi-family units developed with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. But still, as more of us have […]

Divide and Conquer

In its one and a half years, the New York City Coalition for the Preservation of Gardens (known as the Garden Coalition) has worked to unify more than 700 dispersed community gardens and garden associations to ward off the threat of sale and redevelopment of their lots. In the process, the coalition and allied groups […]

The Board and Fundraising

The broad purpose of a board of directors is to run an organization effectively. Board members are bound to ensure that their particular organization is operating within state and federal laws, earning its money honestly and spending it responsibly, and adopting programs and procedures most conducive to its mission. Among the responsibilities board members must […]

School and Community: Repairing the Bridge

Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Educational Reform by Jean Anyon. 217 pp. New York: Teachers College Press, 1997, $18.95 Waiting for a Miracle: Why Schools Can’t Solve Our Problems – And How We Can by James P. Comer, M.D. 261 pp. New York: Dutton, 1997, $23.95 Community development strategies have stressed rebuilding the […]

The Rocky Road to Training Consolidation

When Shelterforce proposed an article on training legislation, I assumed that, by the time I started to write, I’d be summarizing a recently passed law. Indeed, several months ago I bet a colleague that legislation would pass, well, several months ago. All of this raises two obvious questions: what on earth was I thinking when […]

Legislative News

May/June 1998 Washington News and Views Legislative News Congress Raids Section 8 to Fund Emergency Aid The President signed the 1998 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill on May 1, and with it took $2.35 Billion of Section 8 Tenant Based Reserves to fund domestic disaster aid as part of a package which also funds an ongoing […]