ERIC Number: ED212065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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A Look at Citizen Advisory Committees.
Baker, Ronald E.; Ostertag, Bruce A.
This overview of citizens advisory committees examines their history in public schools and school systems, different types of committees, their roles and functions, and the problems that accompany them. The history of advisory committees is covered from the 1940s on, with an emphasis on their expansion in the 1960s under the impetus of the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty. The types of advisory committees listed include permanent or temporary committees, districtwide or single-school groups, and citizen-initiated committees versus those mandated by school districts or governmental bodies. The authors note that advisory committees have fulfilled numerous functions; they have been assessment or review boards, have determined needs, and have provided services. Among the areas committees have covered, say the authors, are curriculum, facilities and resources, public relations, and career guidance. The committee problems mentioned here include uncertainty in goals or functions, apathy, nonrepresentativeness, factionalism, inadequate time, and faulty scheduling or communication. The report also cites school administrators' problems with committees, including committees' costs and their tendency to be unwieldy and to exceed their authority. (Author/RW)
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