ERIC Number: ED383049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-11
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A Collaborative Effort between School System, University, and Community Can Enhance Public School Choice Options.
Keenan, Dan; Joyce, Charles
The Ohio Educational Reform Bill, S.B. 140, mandated that each school system adopt a school-choice policy for parents and students of adjoining districts. This paper describes the choice options that were developed by the Steubenville City Schools and Franciscan University. To meet the state requirements, the Steubenville school system first conducted a needs-assessment study during the 1989-90 school year. The Superintendent's Advisory Committee then reviewed the concerns and submitted recommendations to the board of education and superintendent. A survey was conducted of each public elementary-school parent; 38 parents of parochial students also participated. The next step involved collaboration with Franciscan University to develop computer science, fine arts, math and science, and international studies programs at three of the city's six elementary schools. The pilot choice options have resulted in committed students, parents, staff, and university personnel; the enrollment of parochial and interdistrict students; the development of parental support groups; an increased sense of empowerment among participants; and the expansion of curricular offerings at the middle- and high-school levels. Contains 29 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Steubenville City School District OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (New Orleans, LA, February 10-13, 1995).