ERIC Number: ED224107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep-8
Reference Count: 0
P.E.A.C.E. Project Revisited.
Arnold, Shirley C.
In January 1981 the Community Advisory Council of the North Allegheny School District in Pennsylvania undertook a program called Planning for Educational Awareness through Community Examination (PEACE). This program involved a poll of the community to determine the major issues facing schools in the eighties and public opinion about how these issues ought to be addressed. By June 1981, five task forces were at work, focusing on the agenda, data identification, issues clarification, data gathering, and public relations. By September, school administrators had been informed, a preliminary list of issues had been generated, and public forums were scheduled for October. A total of 120 persons--considered a low turnout--attended the forums. The top issues identified included correlation of student needs with educational programs, rising costs of education, school discipline, equitable allocation of funds, and educational excellence. The final report included the ranking of the issues as well as a section presenting student input. A number of changes are planned as a result of the project, including an elementary child screening program, expansion of the gifted education program, a guidance curriculum, and parent inservice sessions. Another indicator of success of the project is that the Community Advisory Council plans to use the same technique to develop criteria for closing schools. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Allegheny School District PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Educational Facility Planners (59th, Columbus, OH, September 26-29, 1982).