Adelantando Familias en la Comunidad (AFC) organized to support immigrant Latin@ parents (1) learn about education systems to advocate for their children, (2) access community resources to support families, and (3) network and access information regarding anti-immigrant policies.
AFC were highly visible in the school and activities, partially to gain legitimacy within the social environment (school staff, administrators, etc.), the key to organizational survival, according to institutional theory.
Martin Elementary was deemed a 'turnaround' school due to an 'F' on the state report card. Principal and teacher turnover was high, all of which challenged the legitimacy of the school.
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AFC met regularly within the school building. The school administration leveraged their organization to serve as their parent involvement requirement, in an attempt to gain legitimacy.
The school administration continually denied the organizations independent legitimacy, limiting their decision and policy making abilities within the school building.
AFC benefited from lack of legitimacy because they were not restricted by or under rules from school administration, which allowed them the opportunity to discuss various topics.