ERIC Number: ED203464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Networks in Education: Studies in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Final Report.
Francis, Dierdre E.
A comparison of two networks of citizens and parents leads to the conclusion that an effective citizen network in education should have a formal organization, structured leadership, specific goals, and a diverse and active membership. The rise of such groups is attributed to people's feelings that schools are failing to educate. These networks of education-oriented individuals and organizations are based on exchange of information and resources, collective action, and commitment to quality education. Atlanta's "Apple Corps" has proved to be a successful network, particularly with local educators, media, and business and civic groups, although it has not been equally successful in involving black and low-income parents. Apple Corps originated in Atlanta's Junior League and now has an active, multi-organizational membership, an elected leadership, and specific issues and policies it pursues, mostly concerned with local desegregation problems. In contrast, Los Angeles'"grant assistance group" (so named by the author) has no formal organization or leadership, no specific goals, and an inactive membership. Existing solely as an information exchange vehicle, the group has had no impact on the local education system, politicians, or related agencies, although it has linked activists from different groups and backgrounds. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Educational Leadership.
Identifiers: Apple Corps (Georgia); California (Los Angeles); Citizens Groups; Georgia (Atlanta)