ERIC Number: ED028511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Participation in School Affairs in Two Southern Cities.
Roaden, Arliss L.
The effectiveness of organizations for citizen participation in school affairs depends on their influence in effecting school policies and decisions, and on their stability for sustained influence. In Atlanta, neither citizen initiated (Southern Leadership Conference) nor school initiated (Committee of 100) system-wide mechanisms have been very effective according to these criteria. At the local school or neighborhood level, the two major citizen initiated (Vine City Foundation and Perry Homes Tenants Association) and the major school initiated (the "Principal as Politician") mechanisms have met uneven success. In Huntsville, Alabama, the major citizen mechanism (Association of Huntsville Area Companies, or AHAC) has been very effective because (1) it is run by responsible community leaders, (2) it has faced and dealt with fundamental issues and problems, and (3) it enjoys the confidence of the school system. The AHAC pattern can be installed in other cities. At the local level in Huntsville, citizen participation activities are generally restricted to the Educational Improvement Program (EIP) and Federally sponsored special programs. Administrators of these programs seem to be intent on going beyond minimal program specifications for eliciting citizen involvement. (HW)
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Identifiers: Alabama; Alabama (Huntsville); Georgia (Atlanta)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 5-8, 1969).