ERIC Number: ED204434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Problems in Implementing Statutory Requirements for Title I ESEA Parent Advisory Councils.
This report examines the variety of attitudes, actions, inactions, and beliefs that have created barriers to effective implementation of parent participation mandates of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Data were drawn from the monitoring experience and direct involvement with administrative complaints and litigation of the Federal Education Project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Contained in the report are: (1) a summary of the Federal Education Project's involvement with Title I parent participation mandates; (2) an overview of the development of Title I parent participation mandates including a discussion of the rationale for parent involvement; and (3) a description of Title I formal complaint mechanisms. Problems in implementing Title I mandates are discussed, including: (1) professional norms in schools that exclude parents from decision making; (2) the failure of school officials to provide Parent Advisory Councils (PAC's) with information; (3) irregularities in PAC membership selection; (4) conflicts over control of the PACs; and (5) refusal to respond to PAC recommendations. The report concludes with recommendations by the Federal Education Project for more effective implementation of Title I parent involvement mandates. (Author/APM)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Court Litigation, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Grievance Procedures, Parent Associations, Parent Grievances, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Implementation
Institute for Responsive Education, 704 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 ($2.25).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April, 1980).