ERIC Number: ED251535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Community Access to Information on Education: A Case Study on the Education Block Grant.
Perilla, Alejandro; Orum, Lori S.
This paper reports on the effects of the Education Block Grant, created as Chapter 2 of the Education Consolidation Improvement Act (ECIA) in 1981. Special focus is given to the availability of information about the way its funds are applied at public schools within the Hispanic community. An introduction argues for the right and responsibility of parents to participate in the education of their children, but claims that parents, especially those belonging to minority groups, have often been denied access to the information needed for meaningful involvement. Legislative background on the Block Grant is presented, with some discussion of related government programs. The current structure of Chapter 2 and the differing roles of State and local education agencies are described. Next, provisions in Chapter 2 for granting community access to public school information are outlined, and a La Raza survey of Hispanic community-based organizations is described: A group of organizations were asked to gather information about the Chapter 2 program from the local education agencies in their communities; results indicate that the participating organizations encountered many obstacles. A conclusion contends that the Federal government and the Hispanic community must work to increase local school accountability. Moreover, it is argued, Hispanic parents must be equipped with the skills necessary to interpret the information they are given and to determine whether their children are receiving the education to which they are entitled. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Access to Information; Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 2
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