ERIC Number: ED210814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Everyone Knew the Board's Policy. How One District Breezed Through the Holidays.
Hill, T. Susan
Updating School Board Policies, v13 n1 Jan 1982
When problems arose among parents and religious groups over the observance of religious holidays in schools, the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) school board appointed an ad hoc study committee to investigate the issue and make recommendations. The committee represented parents and local businesses and government as well as many local churches and religious groups, both sexes, and several races. It approached the problem in three phases. First, drawing on local professors for expertise, the committee studied the legal questions involved in holiday observance and in the role of religion in the public schools. In phase two the committee reviewed a wide variety of written resources, including position papers from various citizen groups, legal briefs, district correspondence, petitions, newspaper stories, and policies of other school boards. Phase three involved committee interviews with local principals and community and religious groups. The committee then wrote a final report, which was widely circulated, discussed at public meetings and in the press, and eventually accepted in toto by the school board as its policy for one year. The report, which stressed awareness of others' views, proved successful during the next holiday season, so the board adopted its essential elements as its permanent policy. (RW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Washington, DC.