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Title: Citywide Educational Coalition records
Call Number:M130

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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.