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Citywide Educational Coalition Records Available for Research

Friday, June 1, 2007
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Citywide Educational Coalition Records Available for Research

Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce that the historical records of the Citywide Educational Coalition are now open for research. The collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and it contributes to the University Archives and Special Collection Department's collecting focus on records of private, non-profit, community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues. View a list of special collections available for research in the NU Archives and Special Collections Department.

The Citywide Educational Coalition, a grassroots educational reform organization located in Boston, Massachusetts, was formed in 1972 by Mary Ellen Smith, Hubert Jones, Francis Parkman, Clyde Miller, and other citizens, parents, and community activists to choose a superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. 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. Between 1974 and 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 publications. From the 1980s until the Coalition disbanded in 2000, it continued to advocate for school reform by working with teachers and parent groups, monitoring School Committee meetings, and publishing newsletters, fact sheets, and reports on issues, such as the Boston Public School's budget, teacher contracts, principal and headmaster promotional ratings, and the physical condition of the schools.

The 30 cubic feet of records illuminate the Coalition's 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. Topics documented include the response of the anti-busing community to Judge W. Arthur Garrity's orders and the Coalition's collaboration with three court appointed councils. Also documented are meetings of the Boston School Committee and its standing committees, negotiations with the Boston Teacher's Union, and programs offered in the Boston Public Schools. In addition, 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.

The Citywide Educational Coalition collection is open for research Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Northeastern University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department, 92 Snell Library, Boston, Massachusetts. A guide to the collection is available online at

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