ERIC Number: ED274068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Public and Nonpublic School Relationships: Lighthouse Approaches for State Policymakers.
Wiley, Dinah; Duquette, Donna
In spite of the different opinions among educators in the public and nonpublic sectors, dialog should be opened by educational policymakers. This report is intended as a resource for facilitating liaison mechanisms between the two sectors. The first section provides an overview of possible causes of conflicts between public and nonpublic schools. Cooperative resolution is hindered by stereotypical perceptions. Debates center around states' responsibilities and parents' rights; courts have not provided clear legal guidance on philosophical questions. State regulations are questioned with the growth of home instruction and Christian schools. These legitimate conflicts of interest require resolution with minimal confrontation if students' needs are to be served. Section 2 recommends four state liaison mechanisms: a liaison office; a coalition of private schools; private school representation on advisory committees; and working relationships in districts. On the national level, "Koffee Klatches" further dialog, and partnership activities have developed locally. Section 3 presents case studies of successful communication efforts in Florida, Louisiana, New York, and Ohio. Appendices comprise one-third of the report. Appendix A lists contact information for Koffee Klatch participants and for state department of education officials in charge of liaison with private education. Appendix B presents charts of comparative data. (CJH)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Case Studies, Conflict Resolution, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Policy Formation, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, State School District Relationship, State Standards
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
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