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ERIC Number: ED139791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Putting the Public Back Into Public Education.
Hamer, Irving, Jr.
In this speech the subject of eroding public confidence in the public schools is discussed. Elected school boards and school administrators quite frequently do not solve the problems facing the schools, and this failure is often because of lack of communication with the public and lack of citizen participation in decisions affecting school governance. A strong and rising force in the school system is the emergence of powerful teacher organizations, often oriented toward self-interest and politically effective. The result is that teacher organizations have acquired significant control of public education, and other local forces have either acquiesced or been disenfranchised. The problem is complicated by the fact that many school administrators are members of teacher organizations, or are sympathetic past members. Participation in school governance is a right of every citizen affected and should not be discouraged. With the decline of citizen participation there is the danger of significant growth in state influence and control, reinforced by politically active teacher unions. A meaningful local school advisory council can be the backbone to restoring public confidence in education. Citizen participation is central to the reform of the collective bargaining process. An informed public is an important ally when there is a need or interest in improving education. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech presented at 20th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, May 1-3, 1977)