ERIC Number: ED179651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Educational Priorities Panel: Its Significance as an Educational Change Strategy.
Litow, Stanley S.
The Educational Priorities Panel (EPP) is a coalition of parent and civic organizations which was formed to focus attention on spending practices and fiscal priorities of the New York City Board of Education. The highly centralized nature of the school system, the myriad of competing interests which influence policy, and a large and complicated budget have formerly all acted as barriers to community participation in administrative policy making. The EPP has thus made budgetary analysis and community liaison its chief strategies. Since 1976, the foremost accomplishment of the EPP has been major reallocation of funds away from administrative areas into direct classroom services. The experience of the EPP in New York has implications for citizen coalitions in other communities. In order to be successful, citizen action groups must have clear goals and objectives, sound research design, adequate staff and financial resources, orientation and ongoing training of members, and the ability to disseminate findings and to follow up on recommendations. These organizations must be broad based, well informed and well known in the community. Given the current state of public education, with decreasing enrollment and student services and increasing bureaucracy, it is essential that concerned community members involve themselves in reform measures. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Citizen Participation, Community Organizations, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, Resource Allocation, School Community Relationship
Not available separately; See UD 019 979
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Educational Priorities Panel; New York (New York)
Note: For related documents, see UD 019 979-987; Paper prepared for the National Conference on Urban Education (4th, Philadelphia, PA, November 18-21, 1978)