ERIC Number: ED191163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Problems in Implementing Statutory Requirements for Title I ESEA Parent Advisory Councils.
Brown, Linda D.
During the early years of Title I, parents were provided with little information about the program and were not encouraged to participate. After evaluations of the program revealed little parental awareness of the program, the original provisions for parent involvement through Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) were made more explicit. There are many barriers to parental involvement: some educators do not believe parents should make educational decisions; other school officials simply regard parent involvement as a low priority; some school personnel have cultural or racial biases; others fear disclosure of poor administrative practices. The Federal Education Project, which assists parents and PACs in filing formal complaints, has become aware of a number of parent complaints regarding PACs. Parents complain that schools withhold information from PACs, institute illegal election procedures, dominate the PAC, and do not respond to recommendations. The willingness and performance of states in monitoring the implementation of PAC requirements has been extremely varied. The federal government has shown that parent involvement is a low priority among its Title I responsibilities. It is clear from the Federal Education Project's experience that noncompliance with both the letter and spirit of Title I's legal requirements for parent involvement is pervasive. A number of recommendations are suggested. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).