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Title:Citywide Educational Coalition records
Dates:1972-2001
Location:59/4-58/1-2, FF6/D9
Call Number:M130
Volume:26 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents the Citywide Educational Coalition, a grassroots educational reform organization, located in Boston, Massachusetts. The records illuminate its formation by Mary Ellen Smith, Hubert Jones, Francis Parkman, and Clyde Miller to choose a superintendent of the Boston Public Schools; its role in the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools; and its efforts to disseminate the policies and practices of the Boston School Committee and the Boston Public Schools in language that parents could understand. Also documented is the response of the anti-busing organization, Restore Our Alienated Rights (ROAR), to Judge W. Arthur Garrity's orders and the Coalition's collaboration with three court appointed councils. Meetings of the Boston School Committee and its standing committees, as well as programs offered in the Boston Public Schools and interviews conducted by the Coalition with parents, teachers, principals, and headmasters are documented. School reform; parent participation in education; school assignment and student choice; vocational, special, and early childhood education; community and parent organizing; and parent training projects are also documented. Records include meeting minutes and summaries, correspondence, questionnaires and surveys, statistics, newsletters, fact sheets, reports, proposals, grants and contracts, VHS and audio cassettes, and photographs.
Historical Abstract:In 1972, Mary Ellen Smith, Hubert Jones, Francis Parkman, Clyde Miller and other citizens, parents, and community activists met to find a way to participate in the process of choosing a superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. The Coalition sought input from large numbers of neighborhood residents and organizations to help develop "Community Agenda for the Boston Public Schools," an outline of questions and issues to use during the interview process. Although unsuccessful in choosing a candidate that met all of their requirements, the Coalition was successful in building a consensus on many areas of school reform and in establishing a broad-base of community supporters. The Coalition incorporated in 1973 with the mission to provide Boston's citizens with clear and accurate information and organizing skills to participate in the making of educational policy. From 1974-1978, Coalition staff actively participated in desegregating Boston's public schools by disseminating accurate information to parents through both the Rumor Control Center and its newsletter, reports, and parent guides; cooperating with local and federal authorities on safety procedures in the schools and bus routes; and working with students, parents, teachers and school administrators to find ways in which to improve educational opportunities. From the 1980s until the Coalition disbanded in 2000, it advocated for school reform by providing parents with the skills necessary to participate in forming education policy, and by publishing newsletters, fact sheets, and reports on issues, such as the Boston Public School's budget, teacher contracts, principal and headmaster promotional ratings, and programs offered in the schools.
Arrangement:Organized into four series: 1. Governance; 2. Executive Staff; 3. Projects Staff; and 4. Research and Publications.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Mary Ellen Smith
  • Judge Arthur W. Garrity, Jr.
  • Ellen Guiney
  • Paula Georges
  • Loretta Roach

  • Boston Public Schools
  • Boston School Department
  • Restore Our Alienable Rights
  • Citywide Parents Council
  • Citywide Parents' Advisory Council
  • Citywide Coordinators Council
  • Racial / Ethnic Parents Council
  • Massachusetts Advocacy Center
  • Critical Friends

  • Busing for school integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • United States. District Court (Massachusetts)
  • Boston (Mass.) -- Race relations
  • School integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • School choice -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • School management and change -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Educational equalization -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 20th century
  • Education -- Parent participation -- United States
  • Magnet schools -- Massachusetts
  • African Americans -- Education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Educational change -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Education, Urban -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Boston (Mass.). School Committee
  • School improvement programs -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Public schools -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Discrimination in public schools -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Vocational education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Special education -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 20th century
  • Special education -- Parent participation
  • Students -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Civil rights -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Boston (Mass.). -- Race relations
  • Community organizing -- United States
  • Parent-teacher relationships -- United States

Restrictions:Records containing notes from Boston Public Schools Superintendents' interviews are restricted until 2066. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.
Related Materials:

City of Boston. Boston Public Schools Desegregation-era Records Collection: 1952-1976-1985, City of Boston Archives.Citywide Coordinating Council Records, 1975-1978, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., Papers on the Boston Schools. Desegregation Case, 1972-1997, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds with the assistance of Gena Pliakas and Tamara Gaydos. This collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission., May 31, 2007

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the Citywide Educational Coalition, a grassroots educational reform organization located in Boston, Massachusetts. The records illuminate its formation by Mary Ellen Smith, Hubert Jones, Francis Parkman, and Clyde Miller to choose a superintendent of the Boston Public Schools; its role in the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools; and its efforts to disseminate the policies and practices of the Boston School Committee and the Boston Public Schools in language that parents could understand. Also documented is the response of the anti-busing organization, Restore Our Alienated Rights (ROAR), to Judge W. Arthur Garrity's orders. In addition, the Coalition's fundraising efforts, which include proposals, grants and contracts (Boxes 1, 5-6, 8,10-11, 13, 17-19, and 26 ), Golden Apple Awards for outstanding teaching (Box 18-20, 25-26, and FF6/D9), projects, and publications are documented. Records date from 1968-2000 and cover such topics as educational reform, including magnet and vocational schools; special and bilingual education (Boxes 6, 11, 14, 16-18, 20-22, and 25); student assignment / school choice (Boxes 9, 12, 16, 21, 26, 21, and 24); school-based management (Boxes 28, and 24-25); and parent involvement in education (Boxes 3-4, 6-8, and 10-25). The response of the anti-busing community (Boxes 3, 7, and 26), and school closings (Boxes 3, 9-10, 22, 24, and 26) are also documented. Records include meeting minutes, court hearing summaries, newspaper clippings, correspondence, questionnaires and surveys, statistics, newsletters, fact sheets, reports, proposals, grants and contracts, VHS and audio cassettes, and photographs. Annual reports for the years 1976-1998 are included. Missing from the collection are the Board of Directors minutes for the years 1973-1976 and 1979-1984.

Historical Note

The Citywide Educational Coalition was established in 1972 when Mary Ellen Smith, Hubert Jones, Francis Parkman, Matthew Good, and Clyde Miller met with other citizens, parents, and community activists throughout Boston to participate in choosing a superintendent for the City's public school system. The Coalition sought input from large numbers of neighborhood residents and organizations to help develop the "Community Agenda for the Boston Public Schools," an outline of questions and issues to guide the interview process. Even though the new superintendent was chosen from within the Boston Public School system, the Coalition built consensus on many areas of school reform and established a broad-base of community supporters.

Successful as an ad hoc group, the Coalition became a legal entity in 1973. During its first year, the group advocated for community control of Boston's rapidly expanding Community Schools program, participated in a process of examining options for school governance, and began monitoring the policies and practices of both the School Committee and the School Department. In addition, the Coalition provided information to parents of Boston Public School children and other concerned citizens on Massachusetts' racial balance law, Chapter 766, and sought ways in which to expand opportunities for citizen participation in public education. The Coalition's ability to disseminate information to parents about the decision-making process and practices of the Boston School Committee and the Boston School Department made it a reliable source for information.

The desegregation of Boston's public schools began in 1974 when the Massachusetts Superior Court handed down its racial balance orders along with Judge W. Arthur Garrity's impending court order. The orders set off a crisis in the city to which the Coalition responded by establishing its Information and Resource Center. Also known as the Rumor Control Center, it provided parents and other concerned citizens credible information about school desegregation. The Center handled hundreds of calls a day, and served as a place where distraught parents and children could go for moral support. During this time, the media began to contact the Coalition to learn how the desegregation plan was going to affect Boston's schools.

To keep peace on the first day of school, Coalition staff recruited hundreds of volunteers to monitor bus stops, patrol school corridors, and to maintain a presence at schools where trouble was anticipated. Moreover, it hired, trained, and assigned Neighborhood Coordinators to school districts affected by desegregation. The Coordinators joined the city's Neighborhood Safety Teams and recruited other citizens to participate; worked with students, parents, and teachers on racial problems; organized parent meetings; arranged student transfers; and rearranged bus routes. They also began working with individual schools and with parents and students to find ways to improve educational opportunities in the schools.

As the school year progressed, the Coalition's focus turned from public safety to educational reform issues, such as equal education opportunity, student rights, and bilingual and vocational education. Since the Coalition was focused on promoting school reform by including parents in the decisions relating to their children's education, it did not sponsor on-going programs. Instead, it sought funding for parent training workshops, technical assistance projects, and parent organizing. Early projects consisted of training parents to serve on the court ordered parents councils and to become more involved in the educational decisions made in the public schools. The organization's other function was to research and disseminate information on school reform issues, including the promotional rating process for principals, magnet schools, and special education. In August of 1974, the Coalition newsletter was published. Soon renamed Common Ground, it was the first of many newsletters, fact sheets, and guides for parents that covered all aspects of education and school reform.

Phase II of court ordered desegregation encompassed the 1975-76 school year and required the formation of nine new school districts. Accordingly, the Coalition reorganized its Rumor Control and Information Center in an attempt to provide complete information on Phase II – specifically student assignment. Drawing on its past experience, the Coalition again focused its efforts on the public safety aspects of school opening, including establishing good relationships with public safety officials, organizing parents to become bus monitors, training volunteers to monitor bus stops and routes, and providing parent groups with school assignments and transportation information. Awarded a three-year grant by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education, Bureau of Equal Education Opportunity in 1976, the Coalition began the Parent Education and Technical Assistance Program to provide technical assistance services on major reform issues, including Chapter 636, Promotional Rating, and Chapter 766, and to address specific needs identified by the three parents councils. Moreover, it held informal neighborhood meetings, conducted surveys of parents with children in the public schools, and continued to monitor the School Committee's activities for the U.S. District Court. It was also during this time that the Coalition began acting as external liaison for the School Department, a role it held until 1978.

Included in Phase II was the creation of two new councils: the Community District Advisory Council and the Citywide Coordinating Council. The Citywide Coordinating Council was established to monitor the implementation of Phase II and to act as advisor to the Judge. The Citywide District Advisory Council monitored the Phase II plan in each of the nine school districts and reported directly to the Citywide Coordinating Council. Recognizing that these councils would be essential to promoting its reform agenda, the Coalition succeeded in having members of its staff appointed to serve on them. As a result, the Coalition was able to identify parent participants and provide the necessary training that would make those parents informed members of their councils. Also, several key documents were produced, including Changing Boston's Schools: A Survival Kit for Parents and Students, which explained the nuances of what was taking place in the schools in language parents could understand; Chapter 636: An Analysis, which explained how funding for desegregation was to be allocated; and Facts About the Phase II Desegregation Plan in Boston.

The crisis caused by desegregation lessened throughout the 1977-78 school year, and gradually the Coalition's emphasis shifted from crisis intervention and neighborhood organizing to monitoring the School Department, organizing around specific reform issues, and representing the interests of parents, students, and other citizens in educational decision making. In 1977, the Technical Assistance Project focused on helping teachers and parents develop and implement career exploration programs and on researching and publishing A Parents' Guide to the Magnet Schools in Boston. Other publications produced included But Can They Read?, a report on university-school parings, and one on the Conference of Councils, detailing the first city-wide conference of all court-created parent groups.

Also in 1977, the Coalition joined with the Federation for Children with Special Needs to open the 766 Parent Education Resource Center. Designed to train parents to understand and advocate for both their and their children's rights, the Center provided training workshops and informational programs on occupational education, student assignments, and learning disabilities. Other Coalition projects included providing technical assistance to the Department of Implementation staff on ways to improve communicating public information to parents, participating in the School Committee's Budget Committee, and writing summaries of Federal District Court, School Committee, and Board of Superintendent meetings for dissemination throughout the Boston Public School system.

During the 1978-79 school year, the Coalition moved away from organizing and providing technical assistance and turned to providing parents with information to help them make informed decisions about their children's education. To do this, parents were hired and trained as research assistants and then assigned to schools. Their findings were published in the second edition of Magnet Schools in Boston: A Guide for Parents and Students, which featured profiles of the magnet elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Boston. In 1978, the Coalition also developed a questionnaire with the League of Women Voters to identify areas of concern to parents and to determine the extent of parent participation in the Court-ordered parent councils, the Home and School Association, and other parent groups. In 1980, the Boston Public School system introduced the Basic Skills Improvement Program into its curriculum and enlisted the Coalition's help. Among other activities, staff assisted the School Department in involving parents in committees, publishing the "Introduction to Basic Skills" booklet and other informational material, and organizing homework assistance workshops for parents.

Late 1980 through 1983 were transition years for the Coalition. Unstable leadership made fundraising difficult, and the Coalition had only one contract. Ellen Guiney, a Board member who volunteered to step in temporarily, eventually became the Executive Director, and the Coalition again began to find funding for its projects and publications. Also during this time, the Boston Public School system was experiencing its own transition. Three school superintendents quickly succeeded one another, 27 schools closed, student enrollment decreased by 35,000, and a much smaller percentage of Boston residents had any personal connection to the schools.

To try to prevent a further decline in enrollment, the Coalition initiated the School to School Project, which sought to stabilize enrollment by reaching out to parents and explaining the programs that were available in their children's new schools by distributing fact sheets and arranging school visits. In addition, staff worked with other organizations, including the Massachusetts Advocacy Center, the Private Industry Council, the Cultural Education Collaborative, Goals for Boston, and the Corporation for Boston, on issues, such as after school programs, drop out prevention, and student employment opportunities. In order to generate interest in the public schools, staff focused on the elected School Committee and began a city-wide voter education campaign which included publishing fact sheets on the candidates and the issues, holding candidate workshops, and co-sponsoring meet-the-candidate nights. Moreover, for the first time in the history of the Boston School Department, parents and citizens participated in salary negotiations between the Boston Teacher's Union and the Department's Negotiating Committee. Coalition involvement included testifying in the hearings and reporting the progress of the negotiations in the Common Ground newsletter.

From 1984-1989, the Coalition launched new publications, conducted an in-depth study of the physical condition of the public school buildings, and initiated the Changing Schools Project, which advanced the reforms that would take place under school-based management and restructuring. The Boston School Committee Report, first published in 1985, provided summaries of every School Committee meeting. 1986 saw the first BPS in Brief, which was geared for the business and educational communities and focused on School Department activities. Also during this year, the Coalition began investigating the state of early childhood education in Boston and reported its results in Early Childhood Education in Boston. Through Boston Parents' Notebook parents of children attending the public schools were kept informed of the nuts and bolts of how schools work and what actions parents could take to enact change. A report entitled Boston School Facilities: A Neglected Resource and publications focusing on curriculum reform, bilingual, and special education were also produced during this time.

Throughout the 1990s, the Coalition collaborated with local parent and education organizations, including the Chapter One Parents Advisory Council, Citywide Parents Council, Hispanic Office for Planning and Evaluation, and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts to form the Parents' Institute for Quality Education (PIQUE). The Institute was established to organize, train, and support parents who were disenfranchised from the Boston Public School system to become involved in their children's education. In addition, the Coalition worked with the Right Question Project, a national program that worked with minority parents on issues including advocacy and students' rights. The Coalition was also involved in the 0-8 Coalition, which was comprised of organizations, such as Action for Boston Community Development, the Early Learning Centers, Parents United for Child Care, and the Massachusetts Department of Education. The 0-8 Coalition focused on improving the quality of early childhood education by preparing pre-school children for kindergarten. Another aspect of its work included guiding the reorganization of the Boston Public Schools kindergarten program by preparing a report on early-childhood services for four-year-olds.

Along with the projects involved with the Parents Institute for Quality Education and the 0-8 Coalition, the Coalition had its own projects, including the Parent Outreach and Empowerment and Family / Community / School Projects. The purpose of the Parent Outreach and Empowerment Project was to train community leaders in the Right Question Project and to discuss local concerns, such as racial and cultural problems in the schools, at the Powerful Parents' Summits. The Family / Community / Schools Project was part of the 21st Century Schools grant funded by the Boston Plan for Excellence, which advocated for whole-school reform. Coalition staff conducted parent training and workshops, provided Right Question Project training, and published newsletters. The Codman Square project, which was designed to ensure that education was a priority in that community, connected community organizations, businesses, and schools to achieve its goal. New publications included BPSReview which combined features of the Boston School Committee Report and BPS in Brief and provided in-depth coverage on issues and decisions facing the public schools.

The change in leadership in 1999 and limited funding ushered in another period of instability for the Coalition. While many options were explored, including merging with the grass roots organization Critical Friends, the Board of Directors of the Citywide Educational Coalition voted to disband in 2000.

Chronology
1972Group of citizens organizes to participate in the selection of a superintendent for the Boston Public Schools.
1973Citywide Educational Coalition is formed.
1974Citywide Educational Coalition volunteers monitor School Committee meetings, School Department policies, and a variety of educational issues throughout the Boston Public School system.Judge W. Arthur Garrity hands down a court order to desegregate Boston Public Schools and establishes two parents councils: the Racial Ethnic Parents Council and the Citywide Parents Council. Phase I is implemented.
1975Restore Our Alienated Rights (ROAR), an anti-desegregation group, calls for two-week boycott of schools.Citywide Educational Coalition establishes Information and Rumor Control Center, publishes the first issue of the Coalition newsletter, deploys field staff to meet public safety demands, and organizes groups of parents to participate in policy and decision-making processes at their schools.Citywide Educational Coalition acts as external liaison for Boston Pubic School system.Boston School Department sends parents of pubic school students an assignment application.
1976Phase II of Judge Garrity's plan for long-term student assignment is implemented.
1977Citywide Coordinating Council is formed by the Court to monitor implementation of Phase II desegregation plan. Community District Advisory Councils are established to monitor the Phase II plan in each of the nine school districts, reporting directly to the Citywide Coordinating Council. Citywide Parents Advisory Council is organized to develop multi-racial councils in each school and to support their activities.
1978With the Federation of Children with Special Needs, the Coalition begins pilot program to train parents to understand and advocate for their and their children's rights.
1982Phase II requires that business and universities pair with local schools or school districts to develop appropriate educational offerings.
1984Allen v. McDonough is filed for system-wide failure of Chapter 766.
1985Citywide Educational Coalition establishes the Parent Education and Assistance Program to provide specific needs identified by the Community District Advising Councils, the Racial / Ethnic Parents Council, and the Citywide Parents Advisory Council.The School Committee is cited for good faith efforts in complying with Judge Garrity's order; Judge partially withdraws from case. State Board of Education is named monitor.Boston Public Schools announces list of proposed school closings.Judge Garrity issues final orders on school desegregation.
1987Citywide Educational Coalition presents first Golden Apple Awards to 15 Boston Public School teachers.
1988Citywide Educational Coalition launches three major studies on school reform.
1991Visions for A Better Way, a citywide conference for parents, is held.
2001Citywide Educational Coalition closes.
Chronology of Executive Staff
1972-Jan 1979Mary-Ellen Smith
1978LeRoy Walker, Acting Director
Feb 1979-Apr 1979Allyn Gardner, Interim Director
Apr 1979-Sep 1980Marvin Shapiro
1981-1988Ellen Guiney
1988-1992Paula Georges
Jan 1993-Aug 1999Loretta Roach
Sep 1999-Nov 1999Citywide Educational Coalition Board of Directors, Interim Directors
1999-2001Tiffany Roach, Interim Director
Bibliography

Citywide Educational Coalition, Annual Reports, 1976-2000 (Box 1).
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Series:

1. Governance, 1972-2000
Volume:3 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the activities of the Board of Directors and its committees in collaboration with the Executive Staff's office to set goals, objectives, and policies. The series consists of annual reports (from 1976-1999), and minutes of annual, Board of Directors (from 1977-1978 and 1985-2000), and standing committee meetings, specifically the Executive, Futures, and Fundraising committees. The executive director's reports document the Coalition's staffing, projects, fundraising efforts, special events, and future plans. Board records include by-laws; agendas and minutes of monthly and annual meetings; and agendas and minutes of the standing committees. Also included is correspondence to and from board members, executive directors, funders, outside organizations, and local school and government officials. Of special interest are an audio cassette of the first Futures Committee meeting dated March 3, 1994 and a VHS recording of the panel discussion held at the 1990 annual meeting entitled "Looking at School Reform From the Inside Out" during which Boston Public School teachers respond to questions about teaching in the Boston Public School system.
BoxTitleDate
1Annual Reports (5 folders)1976-1999
1, FF6/D9Articles of Incorporation1970- 2000
1Audit (3 folders)1980-1985
Board of Directors
1General (2 folders)1988-1997
1, 25Annual Meetings (7 folders) n.d., 1974-1999
1Boston Foundation Report2000
1Budget1986-1995
Committees
1Advisoryn.d., 1994-1995
1Executive (2 folders)1988 - 1998
1Fundraising (2 folders)1979, 1990-1992
1Futures1994-1996
1Joint Planning and Finance1978-1979
1Nominating1988
1Organizational / Membershipn.d., 1992-1993
1Personnel1976
1Planning1978, 1987
1Program: Notes[1991?]
1Resources1995
1Search (2 folders)1979, 1987 - 2000
1Subcommittee on Racial Balance: Agenda1973
1Succession Planning (2 folders)1998-1999
1Transition1988
1Correspondence (4 folders)n.d., 1975 - 2000
1Critical Friends: Merger Plans2000
1Director's Reports1995-1998
1Financial Statements (2 folders)1976-1998
1Fundraising (6 folders)n.d., 1976 - 2000
1Meeting Agendas (3 folders)1997-1999
1-2, 25Meeting Minutes (28 folders)1977-1999
2Member Information Packetn.d., 1994-2000
2Member Lists (2 folders)[1980?], 1984-1999
2Membership Drive Announcement1989
2Obituariesn.d., 1978
2Operational Status Report1973
2Personnel Practices1976
2Proposed Resolutionn.d.
3Questionnaire1987
3, 26Retreats (4 folders)1975, 1987-1996
3School Budget Workshop: Information1976
3Slate Notice1995-1997
3Strategic Plan1998-2000
3Strategic Planning Group Meeting Minutes1997
3Surveys (3 folders)n.d., 1989-1992
3System Level Work Group1992
3By-lawsn.d., 1994
3Consultants (2 folders)1987, 1999
3Organizational Chart[1976?]
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Series:

2. Executive Staff, 1972-2000
Volume:18 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Chronological by staff member tenure; alphabetical within subseries: A. Mary Ellen Smith; B. Marvin Shapiro; C. Ellen Guiney; D. Paula Georges; E. Loretta Roach; and F. Tiffany Roach.
Summary:

This series documents the activities of Citywide Educational Coalition's executive staff, including project development; fundraising and resource development; relations with the Boston School Committee, the Boston Teachers Union, and the Boston Public Schools; organizational restructuring; strategic planning; parent organizing and training; and education and school reform. Also documented are the relationships with the Court appointed councils and with local educational reform organizations, such as the Massachusetts Advocacy Center, Coalition for School Reform, Institute for Responsive Education, the Boston Coalition, and Critical Friends. In addition, the Coalition's efforts to engage citizen participation in public education policy are also documented.

Records include agendas; budgets; proposals; grants and contracts; and correspondence from Judge Arthur W. Garrity, Jr., Boston Public School Superintendents, School Committee members, funders, outside organizations, project directors, and board members. Also included are job descriptions, staff lists and meeting minutes, organizational charts, personnel policies, and project progress reports. Located throughout this series are project descriptions, reports, and proposals. See Series 4, Projects Office, for one complete group.

A. Mary Ellen Smith (5.5 cubic ft.), 1972- Jan 1979, includes correspondence to and from Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr.; Boston Public School Superintendents, School Committee members, and local government officials, and meeting minutes of the Citywide Coordinating Council, the Citywide Parent's Advisory Council, and the Citywide Parents Council. Material from the Boston Public Schools concerning specific issues, such as the budget, school closings, and transportation includes annotations, notes, a publication by the Coalition, and original correspondence. Also found here are the minutes of the meetings Citywide Educational Coalition held prior to its incorporation and a detailed description of the Information and Resource Center.

This subseries also documents the organization Restore Our Alienable Rights to Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr.'s desegregation order. Records include Restore Our Alienable Rights meeting notices and minutes, and newspaper clippings.

B. Marvin Shapiro (.5 cubic ft.), 1979-1980, includes correspondence and grants and contracts relating to the planning and development of Basic Skills Projects among other topics.

C. Ellen Guiney (3.5 cubic ft.), 1981-1988, includes correspondence to and from Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., the Boston Teacher's Union, members of the Boston School Committee, and local government officials. Also included are meeting minutes of the Citywide Parents Council and the Teacher Preparation Task Force and Citizens Information Project records, which document the Coalition's efforts to involve voters in public education policy making. Material from the Boston Public Schools concerning such issues as the Boston Education Plan, student assignment, the Unified Facilities Plan, school governance initiatives, and school closings include Coalition publications, annotations, notes, and original correspondence.

D. Paula Georges (2.5 cubic ft.), 1988-1992, includes correspondence and meeting minutes of the Citywide Parent's Council and the Boston Collaborative. Material from the Boston Public Schools and the Boston School Committee concerning such issues as school-based management, superintendent search, budget, and truancy contains annotations, meeting notes, and original correspondence.

E. Loretta Roach (6 cubic ft.), 1993-1999, includes correspondence from Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., planning documents of the 0-8 Coalition, and meeting minutes of the Citywide Parent's Council and Critical Friends. Also included are Board of Directors meeting minutes from 1992-1998, which were retained for their annotations; meeting minutes and planning notes for the 21st Century Schools project grant; and correspondence from consultant Natalie Ammarell. Material from the Boston Public Schools concerning such issues as charter school reform, school violence, and accreditation contain annotations, meeting notes, and original correspondence. Meeting minutes from the School Committee were retained because they contain a Coalition publication, annotations, correspondence, and accompanying notes.

F. Tiffany Roach (0.5 cubic), 1999-2001, includes correspondence.

Of special interest are records regarding the Boston Education Alliance, which provide documentation of the meetings and activities of the group of citizens concerned with education reform prior to the formation of Citywide Educational Coalition (Box 3); and Citywide Coalition's meeting minutes prior to incorporation, which document its early planning strategies, and the ways in which to involve the community in the process of selecting a new Superintendent (Box 4). Also of special interest Citywide Parents Council, the Racial / Ethnic Parents Council, the Community District Council, and the Citywide Coordinating Council records, which document their relationship with the Coalition (Boxes 3-6, FF6/D9); and Education Renewal, Inc., which provided the start up funds for the Coalition (Box 6). Records documenting the training all staff received for desegregation intervention work, including harassment reports, telephone logs from the Rumor Control Center, and busing incident reports are also present (Box 5).

Of interest is the Coordinator's Handbook, which explains Chapters 636 and 766 and Title 1, and provides information about the court appointed parents councils, including their by-laws (Box 7); the Education and Training Cooperative records, which describe the role of the Racial / Ethnic Councils (Box 4); and the anti-busing literature, which was collected by Coalition staff members who attended the meetings held by the group Restore Our Alienated Rights (Box 3 and 26). Also of interest are the reports entitled Desegregating the Boston Public Schools: A Crisis in Civic Responsibility, The Impact of Three Community Organizations on School Desegregation in Boston, 1975-1976, and Reflections on School Desegregation: Boston's Community Leader's Speak Out (Boxes 6 and 7), which analyze desegregation from different perspectives. The VHS recording of the Coalition's 25th anniversary fundraising event entitled "CWEC Forum" includes a panel discussion of the history of desegregation in the Boston Public Schools. Panelists include Mayor Thomas Menino, Superintendent of Schools Thomas Payzant, and Ellen Guiney. Parents United, the newsletter from the Citywide Parents' Advisory Council and the Intouch newsletter published by the Citywide Parents Council provide background on the work of the court appointed councils (FF6/ D9 and Box 25).
BoxTitleDate
A. Mary Ellen Smith
3Action for Boston Community Development1976
26Advisory Panel on Boston School Desegregation1975
3Allston-Brighton Ad Hoc Committee for District Representation1976
3Americans for Democratic Action1975-1978
3Anthropology Resource Centern.d., 1978-1979
3, 26Anti-busing Literature (2 folders)n.d., 1975, [1976?]
3, 26Anti-racist Coalition: Leafletn.d.
3Antioch Graduate School Institute of Open Education Proposal1976
3Arlington Civil Rights Committee: Newsletter1977
3Arlington Street Church: Bulletin1974
3, 26Articles (5 folders)1973-1977
3Board of Directors1977
3Boston Bar Association: Boston School Busing Order—What Does it Mean?1974
3Boston Community Schools1974
3Boston Concerned Parents for Education1977
3Boston Education Alliancen.d., 1968-1973
3Boston Home and School Association: Officers Material1952, 1966-1975
3Boston Ministerial Alliance: Meeting Minutes 1973
3Boston Police Department: Crime Statistics1974
3Boston Public Libraryn.d., 1974
Boston Public Schools
3, 26Board of Superintendent's: Meeting Notes (2 folders)1977-1978
3Budget Testimony1976-1980
3Consolidation and Budget Hearingsn.d., 1976
26Correspondence1976
3Grants and Contracts1978
3Job Descriptions: Principals1974-1976
3Kindergarten Extended Day Curriculum Planning: Meeting Notes1977
3Monitoring Recommendations1976
3Press Release n.d., [1975?]
3, 26Promotional Rating System (9 folders)n.d., 1973-1977
3Quality of Life Committeen.d.
3Reading Scores1975-1976
3School Closings: Latest Information1975
3Student Recruitment1979
26Teacher / Student Ratios to Contractn.d.
3Transportation (2 folders)1975-1976
3, FF6/D9Boston School Committee (18 folders) (1 restricted)n.d., 1972-1979
3Boston Teachers Unionn.d., 1974-1975
3Boston University Law Education Workshop1975
3Budget 1974-1979
3Center for New Schools: Study 1974
26Center for Public Representation: Questionnaire1978
3Charter Reform Act of 1977 1977
3Church of All Nations1974-1975
3City of Boston (2 folders)1975
3-4, FF6/ D9Citywide Coordinating Council (10 folders)n.d., 1976-1978
4, FF6/D9 Citywide Parents' Advisory Council (16 folders)n.d., 1976-1987
4Citywide Parents' Council (3 folders)n.d., 1974-1977
4Civil Rights School Survey1972
4Coalition for School System Reform (3 folders)n.d., 1972-1973
4Coalition Meeting Minutes1972
4Columbia / Savin Hill Civic Association: Newsletters1974, 1977
4Committee for Community Access (2 folders)1977
4Committee for a Neighborhood City Council Slaten.d.
4Committee for Quality Integrated Education: Conference1975
4Committee for Responsible Charter Reform: Status1977
4Community District Advisory Council (7 folders)n.d., 1975-1977
4Community Task Force on Educationn.d.
4Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Task Force on Racial Imbalance in the Boston Public Schools (2 folders)1973
4Comprehensive Employment and Training: Training Program1975
4Correspondence (28 folders)n.d., 1973-1979
4Denominational Executive Task Force: Meeting Notesn.d., [1975?]
4Door-Matt Newsletter1978
4Dorchester United Neighborhoods Association: Newsletter1977
4Education and Training Cooperative: Consultants (3 folders)1976, [1977?]
4Education Renewal, Inc.: Fay Foundation n.d., 1973-1976
5Effective Schoolsn.d., 1980-1982
5Essays (2 folders)1975-1977
5Field Staff: Harassment Reports (3 folders)1975
5-6Fundraising (66 folders)n.d., 1973-1984
Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr.
6, 26Correspondence (6 folders)1975-1977
6Safety and Security Order1975
6Tallulah Morgan et al vs. James W. Hennigan et al1974
6Governor Francis W. Sargent Program on Racial Imbalance: Press Releases1974
6Henry L. Higginson Schooln.d.
6Historyn.d., 1973-1975, [1978?]
6Human Rights Education Council: By-laws and Meeting Minutes1973
6Information and Resource Center / Citizen Participation: Report Drafts (2 folders)n.d., 1974
6Institute for Responsive Education (3 folders)n.d., 1974-1978
6Local Education Committee: Boston School Study1970
26Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights1974-1975
6Massachusetts Advisory Council on Education1974
6Massachusetts Advocacy Center: Correspondence1974-1975
6Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc.: Correspondence1974
26Massachusetts Citizens Against Forced Busing: Newsletter1974
6Massachusetts Coalition for Human Rights (2 folders)n.d., 1975-1977
6Massachusetts Council of Churches1974
6Massachusetts Research Center: Desegregation Information (2 folders)1974-1976
6Media: Announcements 1974
6Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc.n.d., 1974-1977
6Metropolitan Planning Project1973-1976
6Diane Molle: Special Needs Transportation Complaint1981
6National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2 folders)1974-1975
6National Conference on Citizen Participation1978
6National Student Coalition Against Racism1976
6National Student Conference Against Racism1974
6Neighborhood Teams: Meeting Schedulesn.d.
6Newspaper Clippings: School Reform (3 folders)1972-1978
6Parents' League for Better Education1974
FF6/D 9Party for Workers Power: Newsletter1976
6Plan 3: Neighborhood School Plan n.d., 1974
6, 26Press Releases (6 folders)1972-1977
Projects
6Activities Report1976
6Chapter 766 Parent Education Resource Center (2 folders)1978
6Correspondence1978
6Magnet School Survey (2 folders)1977-1978
6Neighborhood Organizers Reports1974-1975
6Outcomes1976
6Parent Agency Liaison: Staff Reports1976
6Parent Involvement: Meeting Notes1976-1978
6Parent Organizing Descriptionn.d.
6Progress Report on Activities in School Funded by Ford Contract1977
6Promotional Rating Training1976
6Staff Reports (2 folders)1976-1977
6University Pairings with Boston Public Schools1977
6Promotional Standards Research1983
6Public Service Notices1976
6Question 7n.d., 1974
6Racial Ethnic Parents Council: Analysis1976
26Racial Harmony Now: Meeting Notes1974
26Religious Concern for Desegregation in Boston: Clergy Statement1974
26Reorganization1976
Reports
6Boston Magnet Schools: A Solution to the Desegregation Problemn.d.
6The Case for an Emergency Committee on Minority Education in the Massachusetts Education System1974
6Centre Research Associationn.d.
6Class Size1977
7Desegregating Boston Public Schools: An Interim Progress Report1976
7Desegregating the Boston Public Schools: A Crisis in Civic Responsibility1975
7The Impact of Three Community Organizations on School Desegregation in Boston, 1975-1976: Draft1976
7Improving Boston Elementary School Reading Scores1977
7Making Citizen Participation Work1976
7Parents Participating in Educational Decision Making: Draftn.d.
7Racially Identifiable Schools 1976
7Tri-Lateral Council for Quality Education (2 folders)n.d. , 1975
7Why Do Parents Choose Magnet Schools?1978
7Research Analysis Corporation: Poll1977
7Restore our Alienable Rights n.d., 1974-1975
7, 26Rumor Control Center (7 folders)n.d., 1974-1976, [1977?]
7School Desegregation: Conference for Religious and Lay Leaders1976
7David Seeley: Meeting Notes1974
7Speeches and Testimonies (6 folders)1975-1979
7, 26Staff (30 folders, 1 restricted)n.d., 1974-1978
8Superintendent Search (2 folders)n.d., 1972
8Surveys Form: Outside Agenciesn.d.
8United Church of Christ: Retreat Minutes n.d., 1974-1975
8United Community Planning Corporation: Memorandum1975
8United Parents for Participation, Equality, Accountability, Cooperation in Education: Meeting Notesn.d.
8United South End Settlements: Meeting Notes1974
8United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare Office of Education: Visitn.d., 1977
8United States Department of Justice: Court Appointed Citizen Monitoring Commissions Conference1977
8United States District Court of Massachusetts, Boston: Hearing Notes 1976-1977
8University of Massachusetts: McCormack Institute Collaboration Proposal1985
8University of Nebraska: Study Commission on Undergraduate Education and the Education of Teachers1973
8Walnut Film Project: Desegregation of the Boston Public Schoolsn.d., 1975-1976
8Weather Underground1975
8"When Schools Make a Difference: Citizens Act to Change Schools," Book Chapter1976
8WILD Radio: Meeting Notes1974
8Youth Development Center: School Alternative for Education Project1975
8Martha Zeigler: Meeting Notesn.d., 1978
B. Marvin Shapiro
8Boston Public Schools: Chapter 636 Proposaln.d., 1979
8Boston School Committee: Deputy Superintendent Budget1979
8Budget and Status Report1980
8Career / Vocational / Occupational Education Advisory Council1979
8Civic Center and Clearing House, Inc.: Agreement1979
8Conference on Quality Education (4 folders)n.d., 1980
8Correspondence (5 folders)1979-1980
8District Superintendent Interviews: Basic Skills Improvementn.d.
8Financial Report1980
8Fundraising (17 folders)n.d., 1978-1980
8Jamaica Plain Multi-Racial Parents Council1979
8Job Description1979
8Occupational Survey and Public Informationn.d., 1979
8Projects (3 folders)1978-1980
8Public Service Announcements1979
C. Ellen Guiney
8Articles (2 folders)n.d., 1987
8Black Political Task Force: Consensus Initiative Towards Reform of School Governance1991
8Board of Directors
8Annual Meetings (2 folders)1986-1987
8Correspondence 1980-1982
8Meeting Notes1987
8Transition Committee1988
8Boston 351 Conference on Boston Public Schools1981
8Boston Citizen Seminars1980
8Boston Public Schools
8Advisory Committee on Collective Bargaining (2 folders)1984-1986
8Another Course to College: Brochuren.d., 1984
8, 26Boston Education Plan (5 folders)n.d., 1987-1988
8Boston School District Enrollment1983
8Budget (3 folders)n.d., 1980-1988
8Bus Drivers (2 folders)1985
9Chapter 188 (2 folders)1985-1988
9Consent Decree Task Force1981-1982
26Correspondence1986-1987
9Desegregation: Freedom of Choicen.d., 1984
9East Boston High School: Profilen.d.
9Education Reform Act of 19921992
9Exam School Entrance Information1983-1984
9Facility Research Advisory Report to the Superintendent 1986
9Governance Initiatives1987
9Home Rule Petition to Improve Management Efficiency of School Governance1987
9Long Range Planning Hearing: Notes1984
9Kim Marshall1978-1985
9Metropolitan Test Scores1986
9Park School Curriculum: Notesn.d., 1982
9Principals (2 folders)1983-1984
9Promotional Standards Task Force (4 folders)1983-1985
9Racially Identifiable Schools n.d., 1981
9Retention Fact Sheetn.d.
9SAT Results: Memo1986
9School Closings (3 folders)1981
9School Names: Origins1980
9Senator Bulger's Plan for Enrollment1988
9Student Advisory Committee: Course Evaluationn.d.
9, 26Student Assignment (7 folders)n.d., 1985-1988
9Superintendent Search Committee (Restricted)1981
9Superintendent's Scholarship Fund: Correspondence1987
9Teacher Layoffs n.d., 1981-1982
9Testing Schedulen.d., 1986-1987
9Transition Committee1982
9Transportation Plan (2 folders)1986-1988
9, 26Unified Facilities Plan (2 folders)n.d., 1979-1985
9Boston Public Schools: A Selective History 1986
9The Boston School Age Child Care Condition Project: Wellesley College1987
9Boston School Committee (6 folders)n.d., 1981-1988
9Boston Teachers Union (6 folders)n.d., 1980-1988
9Budget (2 folders)n.d., 1981-1988
9Building Confidence in Schools: Conference Notes1981
10Campaign to Support Public Educationn.d., 1981
10Carnegie Forum on Education and Planning: Report on Teaching as a Profession: Executive Summaryn.d., 1986
10Citywide Parents Council (7 folders, 1 restricted)1983-1987
10Committee to Save Bostonn.d.
10Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Education: Monitoring Report Number 4n.d.
10Community Parents Council: Meeting Notes1984
10Community Schools: Descriptionn.d., 1985-1986
10Consultant: Natalie Ammarell1987-1988
10Corporation for Boston (2 folders)1981-1983
10Correspondence (18 folders)n.d., 1974-1992
10Cultural Education Collaborative: School Closings Planning Meeting Notes1981
10East Zone: Brochuren.d.
10Education Task Forcen.d., 1983-1984
10Educational Planning Group: Recommendations1982
10-11Fundraising (35 folders)n.d., 1974-1988
11Judge W. Arthur Garrity: Correspondencen.d., 1975-1984
11Goals for Boston (8 folders)n.d., 1980-1986
11History n.d.
11Institute for Responsive Education1982-1989
11League of Women Votersn.d., 1983
11Massachusetts Advocacy Center (9 folders)n.d., 1984-1990
11Massachusetts Coalition for Bilingual Education: Brochuren.d.
11Massachusetts Organization of Citizens for School Improvement: Planning1986-1987
11Tallulah Morgan Education Foundation: Superintendent Surveyn.d.
11Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy, Inc. n.d., 1990
11Neighborhood Association of Back Bay: Survey1984
11Newspaper Clippings: School Reform1977-1987
11Press Conferences (2 folders)1981-1986
11, 26Projects (9 folders)n.d., 1973-1989
Publications
11School Governance in Boston1989
11School Integration1987
Reports
11Boston Commission on Safe Public Schools1983
11Boston Public Schools: The Edge of Excellence1988
11Ralph Edwards: Ethnographic Study, Part 21985
11A Proposed Policy in Curriculum and Testing1981
11Reflections on School Desegregation: Boston's Community Leaders Speak Outn.d.
11School Committee Boston Teachers Union Negotiations: An Analysisn.d., [1983?]
11School Improvement Councils '86-'87: Results of the Massachusetts Organization of Citizens for School Improvement Mini-Assessmentn.d.
11School-based Management in the Boston Public Schools: Why Isn't It Working?1991
11Self-Evaluation Task Force1982
11A Study of Attitudes Among Parents of Elementary School Children in Boston1985
11Some Key Issues Facing Public Schools in 19841983-1988
11Roxbury Multi-Service Center: Reading Skills Laboratory1984
11David Seeley: School Reform Status Report Notes1987
11Staff (4 folders)n.d., 1987-1988
11Teacher Preparation: Joint Task Force (2 folders)1987
11Trilateral Council for Quality Education, Inc.1983
11United Parents Associations of New York Cityn.d., [1982?]
11Uphams Corner Health Center: Memorandum1976
11Urban High School Principles: A Conversation1987
11Volunteers in Service to America: Correspondence1974
26Washington, D.C. Public Schools: James Givens and Dorothy Stevens Interview Notes1983
11Working Parents Lobby: Planning Notesn.d.
D. Paula Georges
11Audit (3 folders)1990-1992
Board of Directors
Committees
11Fundraising 1990-1991
11Impact II Advisory Committee1991-1993
11Program1991-1992
11Rally Announcement1990
11Boston Coalition for School Reform (2 folders)n.d., 1989-1991
11Boston Collaborative: Meeting Notes1990
11Boston Latin School Parents' Groupn.d., 1992
Boston Public Schools
12Budget (2 folders)1990
12Budget Advisory Committee (2 folders)1990-1991
12Budget Crisis1990-1992
12Carnegie Schools1989-1990
12Correspondence1991
12Desegregation (2 folders)1990
12Extended Day, Kindergarten1989
12Impact II Teacher Network: Demonstration Showcase1990
12Professional Development Institute1991
12Retention1988-1990
12School-based Budget (2 folders)1990
12School-based Management 1991
12School Choice (2 folders)1988
12Student Assignment (6 folders)1988-1992
12Superintendent Search (4 folders) (2 restricted)1990-1991
12Superintendent's Decentralization and Reorganization Plann.d., [1992?]
12Task Force on Communications1992
12Vocational Education (2 folders)n.d., 1988-1990
12Boston School Committee (5 folders)n.d., 1988-1991
12Boston Teachers Union: Steering Committee: Minutes (3 folders)1988-1992
12Budget n.d., 1990-1991
12Citywide Parents Council1982, 1987
12-13Correspondence (5 folders)n.d., 1988-1992
13Education Task Force: Meeting Notes1992
13Efficacy Institute: Meeting Notesn.d.
13Fundraising (23 folders)n.d., 1984-1992
13Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluationn.d.
13Historyn.d., 1983, 1987
13Massachusetts Advocacy Center (6 folders)1983-1992
13Mission Statement1993
13Newspaper Clippings1991
13Northeastern University (2 folders)1991
13Open Enrollment Plan Closes Options in Urban School Districts: Reportn.d., 1968
13Parents' Institute for Quality Urban Education1991
13Parents United for Child Care: Surveyn.d., 1990
13Press Release1990
13Projects (7 folders)1990-1992
13Proposition 2 ½ : Property Tax Ballotn.d., 1990-1991
13Publication: School Committee Report: Budgetn.d.
13School and Business Partnerships1989-1990
13Sharing Visions for Improving Schools: Forum1989
13Staff (7 folders)n.d., 1988-1992
13Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts Coalitionn.d., 1991
13Tax Policy1988-1989
E. Loretta Roach
13-140-8 Coalition (23 folders)1992-1999
Administration
14Activity Summary1997
14Agenda 1995
14Audit (2 folders)1995-1998
14Budget (3 folders)n.d., 1993-1998
14Financial Statements and Reports 1993-1997
14Goals[2000?]
14Legal (2 folders)1990-1996
14Staff (14 folders)n.d., 1990-1999
14Strategic Plan (2 folders)n.d., 1973-1999
14Adult Educationn.d., 1995
14Agreements (2 folders)n.d., 1998-1999
14Ruth Batson Educational Foundation1994
14BELL Foundation1997
14Bilingual Education1994-1995
14Bilingual Master Parents Advisory Council1997
14Black Agenda Project1996
14Black Educational Movement, Boston1993-1994
14Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston1989, 1998
Board of Directors
14General n.d., 1990-1992
14Annual Meeting Planningn.d., 1990-1995
14By-Laws1987
Committees
14-15Executive (4 folders)n.d., 1992-1998
15Search (2 folders)1988-1992
15Recommendations1993-1994
15Boston Annenberg Challenge1997
15Boston Coalition: School Reform1990
15, 26Boston Compact (5 folders)n.d., 1987-1996
15Boston Focus on Children and Youth n.d., 1999
15Boston Foundation: School Yard Initiative Task Forcen.d., 1995
15Boston Initiative for Teen Pregnancy Prevention 1993-1998
15Boston Parents Organizing Network: Report 1997-1999
15Boston Plan for Excellence / 21st Century Schools (10 folders)n.d., 1993-1999
15Boston Private Industry Council1994-1999
Boston Public Schools
15, 26Accreditation (2 folders)1995
15After School Remediation: Memo1988
15Boston Leadership Academy: Proposed School-based Training to Support Boston Public Schools Decentralization1992
15, 26Boston School Policen.d, 1991
15Budget (2 folders)1993
15Charter Schools Reform n.d., 1993-1997
15Community Partnerships for Children: Contract1998-2000
15Desegregation (2 folders)1987- 1996
15Dropouts 1987
15Education Reform (6 folders)n.d., 1988-1999
15Exam School Admission Policy1983-1996
15Facilities1989-1990
15High School Restructuring Task Force Report1998
15Homework Guidelines1994
15Kindergarten Task Force1994-1995
15Mayor's Transition Committee: School-based Management Meeting Minutes1993-1994
15Reform Retreat: Planning1995
16School Assignment Plan 1990-1992
16School-based Management (2 folders)1990-1991
16School Violence1995
16South Boston High School: Report1993
16, 26Student Assignment (10 folders)1980-1997
16Superintendent (2 folders)1995
16Testing and Evaluation1987
16Transition Team1995
16Transportation Statistics1994-1997
Boston School Committee
16Curriculum and Operations Subcommittee: Minutes1993-1994
16Meeting Notes1991
16 Minutes (10 folders) 1991-1996
16Reorganizationn.d.
16Boston Teachers Union: Contract Negotiations1993-1994
16Center for Collaborative Education: Newsletter1995-1996
16Challenges and New Directions1994
16Citizens for Public Schools: Correspondence1996-1997
16Citywide Parent Organizing (2 folders)1995-1997
16Citywide Parents Council (2 folders)n.d., 1990-1998
16Coalition for Bilingual Education1992
16Community Education Task Force1998-1999
16Community Mobilization and Empowerment Project: Newsletter1995
16Community Partnership Collaborative Advisory Committee: Minutes (2 folders)n.d., 1995-1997
16Consultant Contracts (5 folders)n.d., 1992-1999
16Correspondence (8 folders) (1 restricted)n.d., 1994-1998
16Critical Friends (4 folders)1995-1997
17Curriculum Frameworks: English Language Arts1996
17Dorchester Cares 1994
17Early Learning Center: Petition1996
17Focus Groups1995
17, 25-26Fundraising (54 folders)n.d., 1987-1998
17Judge W. Arthur Garrity: Correspondence1990-1996
17Jewish Organizing Initiativen.d., 1999
17Martin S. Kaplan: Massachusetts Education Reform, Statement1995
17Learning Matters1996-1998
17Massachusetts Coalition for Bilingual Education1989-1992
17Massachusetts Community Coalition for Public Education: Newsletter1993-1994
17Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 19931993
17Massachusetts English Plus Coalition1994-1997
17National Urban League: School Standards1996-1997
17Newspaper Clippings: School Reform1992-1999
17Nonprofit Computer Connection Applicationn.d, 1994
17Notes, Generaln.d.
17J. H. Ostrower Award for Excellence in Urban Education1995-1996
17Parents Institute for Quality Urban Education (5 folders)n.d., 1993-1996
17Parents Roundtable: Minutes and Notes1993-1994
18Parents United for Childcare (2 folders)1991-1997
18Project Action Committee1996
Projects
18Changing Schools1991-1993
18Family / Community / School: Codman Square (2 folders)n.d., 1997
18, 26Golden Apple Awards (11 folders)1991-2000
18HEART Literacy 1995
18Meeting Notes1997
18Parent Facilitators Questionnaires and Surveys1993-1994
18Parent Focus Group: Findings and Recommendations1995
18Parent Involvement (2 folders)n.d., 1993-1994
18Parent Workshops: Response Protocoln.d.
18Schoolworks Exchange Partnership1993
18Public Education Fund 1985
Publications
18Correspondence1993
18Newsletters: Boston School Committee Report1989-1998
18Research: Parents Notebook1991-1995
18Surveys, Studentn.d.
Reports
18School Governance1989
18The Status of Early Childhood Education Services for Four-Year-Olds in Boston1995
18Loretta Roach Foundation2000
18Small Business Empowerment Center1997
18Special Education (2 folders)1993-1994
18Visions for a Better Way: Conference1991
18Peggy Wiesenberg: Testimony1998-1999
18Women's Educational and Industrial Union1996
F. Tiffany Roach
180-8 Coalition2000
18Board Retreat2000
18Budget2000
18Consultant Contract: Translation Services1999
18Correspondence1999
18Fundraising (2 folders)1999-2000
18Massachusetts Department of Education: Community Partnerships Report2000
18Planningn.d.
18Program Update2000
18Staff (4 folders)1997-2000
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Series:

3. Projects Office, 1975-1999
Volume:5 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the development and implementation of the Coalition's projects, including parent training, workshops on parent involvement in their children's education, and focus groups on high school restructuring, that were developed and implemented from 1976-2000. Also documented are community and parent organizing; the thoughts and concerns of parents, students, teachers, and headmasters regarding the Boston Public Schools; visits made to public schools by Coalition staff; planning for the Golden Apple Awards celebrations; and fundraising efforts.

Records include questionnaires, surveys, interviews, research notes, proposals, grants and contracts; correspondence to and from executive directors and project staff, staff and planning meeting minutes, and training and workshop materials. In addition, the awards given to Golden Apple winners, a golden apple pin and a crystal apple paperweight; recordings of Golden Apple Award ceremonies for the years 1991-1997 and 1999 (VHS, Hi8, and ¾ Umatic); posters; and photographic images of Golden Apple winners are included.

Of particular interest are the records concerning the Public Information Project, which provided information on busing and school desegregation to Boston residents (Box 20); and Citizen Information Project, which sought to generate citizen interest candidates running for both Mayor of the City of Boston and for the School Committee (Box 18). The school visit notes, which document the programs and learning environments of the elementary, middle, and high schools in Boston, (Box 22) and the micro cassettes documenting the sessions of the focus group entitled The Parent Connection to Their Child's School, are also of interest (Box 25).
BoxTitleDate
18Generaln.d.
180-8 Transition Planning Committee: Meeting Minutes1998
18Advocacy Training: Applications1978
18Alliance for Coordinated Services: School Information Sheetsn.d., 1975
18Asian Parents Outreach Meeting: Notesn.d.
18Before the Report Card Conference: Meeting Notesn.d.
18Boston Plan for Excellence / 21st Century Schools (17 folders)n.d., 1996-1999
Boston Public Schools
18Career Exploratory Projectn.d.
18Food Programs: Interviews1977
18School Based Management Training Conference: Agenda1994
18Successful Strategies to Parent Outreach: Workshop Outline1993
18Tracking Meeting Notesn.d., 1992
18Boston School Committee and City Council Candidates: Who's Running for What?n.d., [1987?]
18Changing Schools (2 folders)1990
18Chapter 636 (2 folders)n.d., 1976-1979
18Chapter 766 (6 folders)n.d., 1976-1978
18Citizen Information (11 folders)n.d., 1983-1984
18Citywide Parents' Counciln.d., 1990-1999
18Community Parents Action Committee / Citywide Reading Organizing Planning1976-1977
18-19Correspondence (3 folders)n.d., 1977-1981, 1991-1999
19Cultural Awareness Training Materialsn.d.
19District Educational Leadership Forums1984
19Education Reform: Seminar Notes1997
19Family Community School / Codman Square (16 folders)n.d., 1997-1998
19Federation for Children with Special Needsn.d., 1978
Focus Groups
19High School Restructuring Task Force1998
19Meeting Notes1995
19, 25The Parent Connection to Their Child's School: Report1995
19Summary1995-1996
19, 26Fundraising (17 folders)n.d., 1977-1979, 1996-1997
19-20, 25-26, FF6/D9Golden Apple Awards (30 folders) n.d., 1988-2000
20League of Women Voters: Non-Affiliated Parent Survey1978
20Magnet Schools Studies (4 folders)n.d., 1977
20Media Campaign Meeting Notesn.d., 1994
20Meeting Notesn.d.
20Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association Convention1975-1977
20Minority Parent Leadership1977
20Occupational Education (3 folders)n.d., 1979
20Outreach Flyersn.d.
20Parent Survey: Proposaln.d. [1980?]
20Parent Task Force on Sex Fairness in the Boston School System: Concept Papern.d.
20Parents Institute for Quality Urban Education / Right Question Project (41 folders) n.d., 1991-1997
20Parents' Resource Institute: Concept Paper[1977?]
20Parent Support Services Team Meeting1997
20Parents United for Childcare: Meeting Minutes1996
20People for Effective Action in Community Educationn.d., 1973
20Powerful Parents Summit1996
20Principal Evaluation Meetingn.d., 1977
20Public Information Project (2 folders)1976-1979
Questionnaires and Surveys
20Generaln.d.
20Boston Public Schools Assessmentn.d.
20District School Parentn.d.
20Magnet Schools: Resultsn.d.
20-21Mather School After School Program (2 folders)n.d.
21Parents (3 folders)n.d., 1976-1979
21Proposed School Program 1975-1976
21SchoolWorks Data Sheetsn.d., 1992
21Springfield, Massachusetts: Magnet Schools Reportn.d., 1977
21Students Speak Up About School: Student Responses1997
21Teacher / Parent Resource Centern.d. [1976?]
21View from the Schools: Student Responses (2 folders)1985
21, 26Reports (2 folders)[1975-1976?], 1996
Research
Boston Public Schools
21, 26Field Staff: Observation Notes (43 folders)n.d., 1973-1998
21Student Assignment Plan1978
21, 26Director Correspondence (2 folders)1976-1978
21Magnet Schools Features1977-1978
21Principal Selection Statistics1976
21Requests1976
21-22, 26School-based Management: School Visit Notes (74 folders)n.d., 1990-1992
22School Closings Information Letters1981
22School Information Forms: Parent Interviews1975
22School to School Transition (3 folders)n.d., 1981
22School Visits (2 folders)n.d., 1983-1984
22Staff (5 folders)n.d., 1977-1998
22Standardized Testing: Parents Workshopn.d., 1996
22Technical Assistance1976-1977
22University Pairings (3 folders)n.d., 1977
22Vocational Education Cooperative Industrial Programs: Memo1979
22Walking in Two Worlds Lecture: Notesn.d.
22Workshops (2 folders)1980, 1996
22Youth Advocacyn.d., 1994-1996
22Youth Mobilization1991
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Series:

4. Publications, 1973-1998
Volume:4 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Arranged into 2 subseries: A. Research and B. Publications
Summary:

Subseries A. This subseries documents the staff's original research for its publications on education reform issues, such as promotion policies for headmasters and principals, student assignment and student choice, school budget cuts, and school closings. Records include drafts of manuscripts; statistics; and responses to questionnaires, surveys, and interviews.

Subseries B. This subseries documents the Coalition's efforts to provide clear and accurate information to parents of Boston Public School children and concerned citizens regarding the policies and practices of the Boston School Committee and the Boston Public Schools, as well as the Coalition's efforts to promote citizen participation in the formation of educational policy. In addition, the subseries documents the attempts made by the Coalition to involve citizens in School Committee elections. Topics documented include promotion policies for headmasters and principals; student assignment and student choice; school budget cuts and school closings; bilingual, vocational, special education, and magnet schools; collective bargaining; teacher tenure; and diminished reading comprehension in the public schools. Records contain correspondence to and from staff writers and readers, fact sheets, reports, and newsletters.

Of special interest is the Field Workers Harassment Manual, which was used by staff who worked in the schools and rode on the buses during desegregation (Box 24); the News Notes Column, which contain summaries of both School Committee meetings and the desegregation hearings at the U.S. District Court (Box 25); and the Community Agenda for the Boston Public Schools which was used during the interview process to select a Superintendent and established the Coalition's agenda for school reform (Box 25).
BoxTitleDate
A. Research
22Generaln.d.
26Advanced Work Charts1977
22Correspondence 1977, 1985
22Curriculum Focusn.d.
22Education Reform Outlinen.d.
22, 26Fact Sheets (23 folders)n.d., 1976-1977, 1981-1990
22Focus Group Summaryn.d., 1996
22Mayoral Questionnaire 1993
23, 26Newsletters (29 folders)n.d., 1981-1997
23Phase IIB Booklet Material1976
23Racially Identifiable Schools1976
23Reading Handbook n.d., 1977-1978
Reports
23District Educational Leadershipn.d., 1984
23The Promotional Rating Process Analysisn.d., 1976
24School Based Managementn.d., 1991-1993
24SchoolWorks1992
24, 26Resource Guides (2 folders)n.d., 1977-1978
24School Closingsn.d.
24Student Assignmentn.d., 1985-1987
24Tenure Informationn.d., 1978
B. Publications
24Additional Services Planned for 1,000 Special Needs Students: Article[1977?]
24Boston Education Plan Summary1987
Brochures
24Basic Skills Improvement Program1980
24Budgetn.d.
24Citywide Educational Coalition: Descriptionn.d., [1995-1998?]
24Don't Say No to Public Educationn.d.
24On Board1995
24Starting Kindergarten in Boston1998
24But They Can Read?: Booklet1978
Circular Notices
24Changing your Child's School Assignmentn.d.
24Student Assignment Information1976
24Correspondence (7 folders)1975-1992
24, 26Drafts (6 folders)n.d., 1996-1998
24, 26Fact Sheets (12 folders)n.d., 1976-1997
24Field Workers Harassment Manualn.d.
24Hiring Principals and Headmasters: A Guide for Parentsn.d., 1976
24Information Sheets: Who's Running for What: Candidates1983
Newsletters
240-8 Parents Gazette1999
24Boston Parents Notebook (6 folders)1987-1999
24Boston Public Schools Focus / Focus on the Boston Public Schools (2 folders)1988-1997
24Boston Public Schools in Brief1986-1992
24Boston Public Schools Review1993-1994
24, 26Boston School Committee Report (5 folders)1985-1998
24Child Care, Head Start and Kindergarten in Boston1996-1999
24Citywide Educational Coalition1983-1988
FF 6/D9Coalition1975-1976
24, FF 6/D9Common Ground1975-1980
24, 26Learning Matters (2 folders)1998-2000
24Preschool Parents Gazette1999
25Schoolworks1991-1993
25You to Me1998-1999
25News Notes Column1976-1977
25Parent Involvement in the Promotional Rating Process: Description1976
25Publications Listn.d.
26Questionnaire: Ask the Candidates1993
Reports
25Boston Public Schools: Annual Report1976
25Boston School Facilities (2 folders)1988-1989
25Changing Boston's Schools1975
25Changing Schools...the First Year1990
25Chapter 636: An Analysis1976
25Class Size1977
25Committee on Minority Concerns1974
25Community Agenda for the Boston Public Schools1973
25Facts About the Phase II Desegregation Plan in Boston1976
25Home Rule Petition1973
25Magnet Development Project Final Report1977
25Promotional Rating Process1976
26A Review of the Boston Public Schools' Fiscal Problemsn.d.
25School to School Transitionn.d.
25School Based Management / Shared Decision Making1991
25Why do Parents Choose Magnet Schools?1978
25Resource Guides
25Boston Public Schools Department of Special Services1978
25Chapter 636: A Practical Guide for Parents1976
25Escuelas Imanes de Boston: Una Guia para Padres y Estudiantes1978
25Escuelas Superiores: Una Guia para Padres y Estudiantes1980
25Helping Preschoolers Get Ready To: Print, Read, and Writen.d.
25Hiring Principals: Parent Guide1976
25Magnet Schools in Boston: A Guide for Parents and Students1978
25A Parents' Guide to the Magnet Schools in Boston1977
25Resources for Children with Special Needs and Their Parentsn.d., 1978
25Who's Who in the Boston Public Schoolsn.d., 1976
26School Closings: Memoranda1981
25Schools with Limited Recruitment Seats1985
25Surveys1988
25Boston Public Schools in Brief / School Committee Reports: Teacher Surveys1988
25Boston School Committee Candidates[1983]
25Career and Vocational1979
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