ERIC Number: ED163110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
State Legislation for Citizen Participation in Education.
The expansion of the State role in education reflects a general increase in State powers. This expansion, however, has been strongly influenced by Federal funding and priorities for education. In addition, Federal efforts to encourage efficiency often establish procedures for planning at the State level. This emphasis also indirectly broadens opportunities for general public involvement. Two trends, the creation of local citizen councils and public participation in comprehensive planning, created new structures and established new functions for citizens. Both trends are represented in recent State initiatives to encourage citizen participation in education. Although legislation mandating such participation varies from State to State, an overview of such legislative action indicates that a number of States are engaging in a variety of activities to increase citizen access to educational governance structures and administrative bureaucracies. This overview also suggests that State regulations and implementation strategies have, in general, the same flaws as Federal ones. Some of these flaws are lack of technical assistance or support, lack of monitoring or evaluation, and lack of funding. There are numerous difficulties in collaborative school-community relationships, but individual successes can be identified. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal State Relationship, School Community Relationship, State Legislation, State Surveys
Not available separately; See UD 018 791
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. School Capacity for Problem Solving Group.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.
Note: For related documents, see UD 018 792 and UD 018 794-795