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ERIC Number: ED013267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Dec
Pages: 5
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Reference Count: 0
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A CITIZENS' REVIEW BOARD FOR TEACHERS.
SPENCER, DAVID; AND OTHERS
IN A DIALOGUE ON THE VALUE OF ESTABLISHING A CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD WHICH WOULD HAVE A VOICE IN SELECTING AND RETAINING TEACHERS IN GHETTO SCHOOLS, TWO OPPOSING VIEWS ARE STATED BY A PARENT INVOLVED IN NEW YORK CITY'S I.S. 201 SCHOOL CONTROVERSY, WHICH STIMULATED THE IDEA OF A REVIEW BOARD, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS. THE PARENT BELIEVES THAT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAILURE OF THE CHILD IN THE GHETTO SCHOOL, WHICH SHOULD ACCEPT HIM "ON HIS OWN TERMS" RATHER THAN FORCE HIM TO CONFORM TO THE VALUES OF THE DOMINANT SOCIETY WHICH THE SCHOOL REPRESENTS. A COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL COULD ENGAGE WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REVIEW JOINTLY THE HIRING PRACTICES AND THE QUALIFICATIONS OF STAFF IN GHETTO SCHOOLS AND THUS GUARANTEE THAT THE SCHOOLS WILL BE EDUCATIONALLY SOUND. WHILE SUPPORTING THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO PROTEST THEIR GRIEVANCES AGAINST TEACHERS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL TEACHERS UNION OPPOSES PARENT OR COMMUNITY REVIEW OF TEACHER EMPLOYMENT OR PERFORMANCE. HE FEELS THAT A PROGRAM SHOULD BE DEVELOPED WHICH WOULD ERASE THE CAUSES OF THE FAILURE OF THE PRESENT EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WHICH HAVE PRECIPITATED THE NEED FOR THE REVIEW BOARD. AMONG OTHER CHANGES SUCH A PROGRAM WOULD ESTABLISH INTERNSHIPS FOR TEACHERS, INCREASE THE USE OF SUBPROFESSIONALS IN THE SCHOOLS, AND MAKE CHANGES IN THE PRESENT SUPERVISORY SYSTEM. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "AMERICAN TEACHER," VOLUME 51, NUMBER 4, DECEMBER 1966. (JL)
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Identifiers: New York (Harlem); New York (New York)