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The Influence of Grassroots Organizing on Public School Facility Siting Decisions

  • Author(s): Katherine Rose O’Hara
  • et al.

Growth across the region has created a public school facilities crisis throughout Southern California’s cities. School districts struggle to house a rapidly growing school population in areas with little vacant land. However, developing new schools, especially in central cities, often disrupts neighborhoods and displaces residents. School districts often fast-track siting approval and bidding processes for new schools and do not meaningfully engage communities in decision-making, causing community distrust of the districts.

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