Norm Fruchter is a long time activist who worked with Independence High School, a school for drop-outs in Newark. He is experienced in organizing around housing concerns (e.g., rent strikes), youth concerns, though his most current work and expertise focuses on the contradictions in city services and related problems, especially education. Fruchter is also a film-maker having made Troublemakers, Summer '68 and People's War.
Studies on the Left
Norm Fruchter was editor of Studies on the Left, from 1964 to 1966. SOTL was a publication which "helped to revive radical scholarship in the United States and to create a new radical understanding of the American political economy. Second, Studies contributed to the consciousness and ideological development of the New Left."
New American Movement Speakers Bureau
How Class Works
At the How Class Works - 2002 Conference, panels included;
- 4.5 Class and Education
- Norman Fruchter and
- Kavitha Mediratta, New York University – Institute for Education and Social Policy
“Beyond Parent Involvement: An Organizing Paradigm”
- Gordon Lafer, University of Oregon – Political Science
“Policy Charade: Training for Discipline in the Low-wage Labor Market”
- Michelle Tokarczyk, Goucher College – English
“Promises to Keep: Higher Education and Working-Class Students”
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Fruchter is the director of the Community Involvement program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
- "When the schools that need the most get the least," he said, "then the community needs to raise demands about fundamental change. Without the community's energy, will, passion and commitment, little change will occur." He credited the United Federation of Teachers - NYSUT's largest affiliate -- for being an active partner in the fight for good schools."