ERIC Number: ED177669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
The History of School Politics and Its Impact on Public Confidence.
Johnson, William A., Jr.
There is evidence that the fortunes of our cities and their public schools are intertwined. However, in Rochester and in many other cities, there usually is little significant cooperation or support by public groups for urban education. The growth of professionalism and expertise among teachers, separation from municipal government, and domination of school boards by superintendents have worked to discourage citizen involvement. Other factors that have lowered citizen involvement are the exodus to the suburbs, the struggle to desegregate urban schools, the highly politicized nature of the educational scene in the 1960s and the early 1970s, the changeover from a partisan-elected to a non-partisan-elected school board, and the impact of collective bargaining on the public control of public education. These factors have combined to discourage and weaken public involvement and leadership in shaping, making, and supporting educational policy decisions. There is a need to create a new forum or mechanism for bringing together all interested parties to engage in an ongoing dialogue in search of our common interests in successful urban education and ways to advance them. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Citizen Participation, Collective Bargaining, Conference Reports, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics, Public Education, School Desegregation, Urban Education, Urban Problems
Not available separately; See EA 012 153
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban League of Rochester, Inc., NY.; Rochester Univ., NY. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York (Rochester)