ERIC Number: ED403097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Public Engagement. IDRA Focus.
IDRA Newsletter, v23 n10 Nov-Dec 1996
This newsletter includes six articles that examine key issues facing public schools and communities related to accountability, bilingual education, immigrant education, school finance, and school choice. In addressing these issues, articles focus on the importance of community involvement and input in local school reform efforts aimed at achieving educational equity. "Public Engagement Results in Support of Education for All Children" (Albert Cortez, Anna Alicia Romero) discusses how activism influenced the national debate about immigrant student access to education. "Bilingual Education Is about Bridging and Building" (Maria Robledo Montecel) offers strategies through which bilingual teachers can help children "bridge" from their native language to English while building on their strengths. "Obstacles to Immigrant Parent Participation in Schools" (Pam McCollum) identifies obstacles that discourage involvement in schools by immigrant parents and those from diverse cultural backgrounds, explores how parents' ways of interacting with schools are often misinterpreted, and offers strategies for promoting parent involvement. "What is Science Literacy?" (Joseph Vigil) stresses the importance of science educators providing students with hands-on activities, real-world experiences, and opportunities for using technology. "Top 10 Questions Parents Should Ask about Bilingual Education at Their Child's Campus" (Abelardo Villarreal, Adela Solis) overviews questions that parents should ask regarding the quality of bilingual education programs in Texas. "Public School Choice: Keeping the Focus on Equity" (Ann Bastian) explains how school choice plans can lead to educational inequality. The newsletter also includes a commentary by William S. White on the elements of a civil and democratic society. (LP)
Descriptors: Accountability, Activism, Bilingual Education, Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Culture Conflict, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Mexican American Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Politics of Education, Public Schools, School Choice, School Community Relationship, Science Education, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas