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Building Bridges: Community Boundary Spanners' Role in Fostering Equitable Educational Opportunities in New Immigrant Destinations

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This paper presents a case study of one suburban school district in the midst of an immigrant influx that has changed the demographics of the community and raised questions of equitable educational opportunities. We employ a zone of mediation framework and the concept of boundary spanning to understand how the normative and political context shaped the school district’s policymaking, and how the community’s construction of the newcomers influenced the school district’s response.