ERIC Number: ED336479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring Commission for Desegregation Implementation Monitoring Project CANAL: Local School Council Training.
Davidson, Mary E.; And Others
This evaluation analyzes participation of Local School Council (LSC) members in the special training activities of Project Creating a New Approach to Learning (CANAL), part of a court-mandated desegregation plan in Chicago (Illinois). CANAL's goal was to organize and train core planning teams (CPTs), including community members, 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 CPTs had been implemented in 41 schools when the Illinois State Legislature mandated that every public school in Chicago elect an LSC, also including community members. The LSC was given substantial power to manage the local school. CANAL decided to retain the CPTs in the 41 schools, even though their role was similar to that of the LSCs, and offer training to the LSCs in the concepts of CANAL to ease potential conflict and overlap. Project CANAL was unable to attract significant numbers of LSC members to the training sessions, and most sessions were attended by too few people to justify their cost. Since LSC members were not committed to the CANAL training, it would appear that CANAL can do little to contribute to cooperation between the LSCs and the CPTs and the maintenance of the two parallel teams may be a poor use of limited school resources. Statistical data are presented in 45 tables. (FMW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Public Schools, IL. Monitoring Commission for Desegregation Implementation.