ERIC Number: ED125061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
An Informed Public: Its Rights to Information and Its Claim for Involvement in Influencing Management Decision Making in Collective Bargaining.
Schools must rid themselves of their image as institutions set apart from the community, run by professional educators who have little contact with the public. Public schools are financed by the entire community and ought to serve the entire community. The public has a right and responsibility to be well-informed on how its schools are run. Many times the public believes the schools can accomplish educational goals, but that educators just won't do the job. School boards should learn to acknowledge to the community that education cannot always achieve its goals simply because the state of the art does not allow for such perfection. Board members must learn to share their decision making power with the community, which means, among other things, attending closely to citizen committees' suggestions. The board must try to be receptive to conscientiously formulated criticism from the community. Community participation will eventually become a component of the collective bargaining process, but the first efforts of the schools will be directed toward community involvement in decision making and in actual school operation. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Boards of Education, Citizen Participation, Collective Bargaining, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Associations, Public Relations, School Community Relationship
Not available separately; see EA 008 380
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Educational Negotiators, Washington, DC.
Note: Chapter 6 of EA 008 380; For related documents, see EA 008 380-390