ERIC Number: ED145305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Public Involvement. An Educational Partnership Among Parents, Students, Professionals, and Citizens of New York State School Districts.
Nyquist, Ewald B.
In this paper, boards of education are urged to evaluate their policies and their performance in relation to parent and citizen involvement and to consider seriously how programs at districtwide and school levels can be improved. The emphasis in such programs should be on developing open two-way communications and full participation aimed at maximizing the capabilities of the schools to know and act upon the wants and needs of their students and communities. Suggestions for Boards of Education include: (1) aid and support to parents and community volunteers who wish to share in the educational process; (2) steps to work effectively with any community group that indicates a willingness to support programs designed to improve education; (3) need to establish new groups or assign other responsibilities for existing groups to aid in developing policies, programs, plans, and budgets responsive to student and community needs; (4) acknowledgement of the contributions that students themselves can make to teaching, planning, and policy-making; and (5) establishment of an advisory council at each school level with defined decision-making authority in such selected areas as curriculum, budgeting, resource allocation, reporting and evaluation. (Author/SPT)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Board of Education Role, Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Associations, Parent Participation, Public Support, School Aides, School Community Relationship, Teacher Aides, Volunteers
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.