ERIC Number: ED410651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Challenges and Successes with Including Kentucky's Parents in School-Based Decision Making: Pilot Year School Councils Respond. UKERA Occasional Paper #0003.
Lindle, Jane Clark
The 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) provided, among other measures, a new governance body for schools called "School Councils." These school-based, decision-making councils are composed of parents and teachers and headed by principals. This paper presents findings of a study that explored the effects of KERA's provision for school councils on parent involvement. Data were gathered from a survey of a nonrandom sample of 1991-92 pilot school councils (n=66). Most school councils reported that they used only two or three ways to notify parents of meetings, and only one or two methods to apprise parents of school decisions. Some schools, however, used innovative ways to encourage parent participation in the decision-making process: building parents' confidence; establishing a community-relations committee; developing a key-communicators' network; initiating an "information hotline"; providing orientation and training; posting information in local businesses; and using a telephone chain or tree. Frustrations for councils included parents' level of attendance at meetings and their tendency to focus on individual issues. (Contains 10 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Participative Decision Making, Public Relations, School Based Management, School Councils
Institute on Education Reform, 101 Taylor Education Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0001; telephone: 606-257-6734.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Inst. on Education Reform.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990