Citywide Educational Coalition Records, 1972-2001

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Citywide Educational Coalition Records, 1972-2001


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


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.


Northeastern University Archives & Special Collections




Northeastern University Archives & Special Collections


This collection is made available for research and educational purposes by the Northeastern University Archives & Special Collections. Rights status is not evaluated.

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


Boston Public Schools Desegregation-era Records Collection: 1952-1976-1985, Boston City 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 Archives & Special Collections, University of Massachusetts, Boston.


26 cubic ft.








Boston, MA

Collection Items

Jamaica Plain Concerned Citizen's League Flyer
A flyer from the Jamaica Plain Concerned Citizen's League about a meeting at the local high school. The Jamaica Plain Concerned Citizen's League was a neighborhood ROAR organization.

Boston Chronology
A chronology of the school desegregation controversy in Boston.
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