ERIC Number: ED336472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring Commission for Desegregation Implementation's An Analysis of the Composition and Participation of the Core Planning Teams of Project CANAL. First Quarter of Year 2 (1989-1990).
Davidson, Mary E.; And Others
This evaluation analyzes the composition and participation of the core planning teams of Project Creating a New Approach to Learning (CANAL), part of a court-mandated desegregation plan to reduce inequities in predominantly Black and Hispanic American schools in Chicago (Illinois). The report covers activities during the first quarter of CANAL's second year. CANAL's goal is to organize and train core planning teams, the representative bodies of the school community, to engage in shared decision-making and to develop organizational structures that incorporate the community in the organizational and educational processes of the schools. The teams were to be composed of parents, teachers, principals, ancillary school staff, and community members. The problems noted in the first year's evaluation persisted, confirming the failure of CANAL. The following findings are presented: (1) teachers continued to dominate the teams and representation of ancillary staff, parents, and community members did not improve; (2) students were added to the teams at three high schools and two elementary schools; (3) there was substantial turnover in team members from year 1 to year 2; (4) about 42 percent of the members of the core planning teams in year 2 were new; (5) 16 percent of team members also were elected to local school councils (LSCs); and (6) there was a sharp decline in the attendance of principals and teachers at year 2 training sessions. Statistical data are presented in 17 tables. A description of the monitoring commission staff and a budget are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Public Schools, IL. Monitoring Commission for Desegregation Implementation.