ERIC Number: ED210784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Character and Effectiveness of Citizen Monitoring Groups in Implementing Civil Rights in Public Schools.
Hochschild, Jennifer L.; Hadrick, Valerie
The character and impact of citizen monitoring groups are examined in this report, which evaluates groups monitoring three civil rights issues related to public education: race desegregation, sex equity, and services for the handicapped. The authors conducted site visits to study monitoring of race desegregation in 15 school systems, sex equity in eight locations, and services for the handicapped in seven locations. The purpose was to explore the effectiveness of monitoring groups in order to recommend the best roles, structures, resources, and strategies for groups effecting civil rights compliance. The report covers six areas: (1) the definition of citizen monitoring groups; (2) the description of four types of civil rights goals; (3) the definition of monitoring and the role of citizen groups in achieving these goals; (4) the criteria for the effectiveness of monitoring groups and methods used to select research sites, interview subjects, and interview topics; (5) a detailed analysis of 13 monitoring groups; and (6) conclusions and recommendations for future monitoring groups. The research identified these factors as necessary for effective monitoring: mandate, authority, members, information, and community support (or at least acquiescence). A lengthy appendix includes interview guides and an executive summary of the report. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC. Inst. of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1972; Title IX Education Amendments 1972