ERIC Number: ED282355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Citizens and the Schools: Partners in Education.
American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.
Because most decisions that affect quality of schools are made in the community, citizens should become school partners in education. This booklet offers the following suggestions for citizen actions: (1) Get informed. As "owners" of the local school board, citizens have a right to know what students are expected to learn. Individuals should inform the media if inadequate attention is given to board meetings. (2) Get involved. School resources are stretched thin. Volunteers, most of whom are not parents, help because of personal satisfaction; such service counts as work experience for civil service application in 36 states. Those with a variety of skills and experiences may become volunteers. Many volunteers work in classrooms offering special help to children and assistance to teachers. Volunteer needs outside the classroom include arranging field trips, arranging guest speakers, and teaching health-related skills to staff. Volunteers help children with special needs by talking with handicapped children, helping children to practice English, and other ways. (3) Get active. Citizens should participate in school board meetings by serving on task forces, joining the parent/community organization, and getting other organizations involved. Citizens should speak up about concerns, including budget issues, remembering that quality education may depend upon their understanding and support. (CJH)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Citizen Participation, Community Action, Community Involvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Participative Decision Making, School Community Relationship, School Districts, School Support, Volunteers
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.