ERIC Number: ED435508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Public School Standards: Discussing the Case for Community Control. A Report on the Electronic Symposium, "Public School Standards: Discussing the Case for Community Control," Hosted by the Rural Challenge (Burlington, VT, November 1998-February 1999).
Annenberg Rural Challenge, Granby, CO.
An on-line symposium on January 13, 1999, brought together policymakers, educators, parents, students, and local community reformers to discuss rural perspectives on academic standards. As part of an on-line dialogue extending from November 1998 to March 1999, the symposium linked on-line participants to panelists and participants in Burlington, Vermont, and six interactive cable television sites. The keynote speech, "Our Challenge: To Set the Highest Possible National Standard for Human Relationships" (Deborah W. Meier), discussed the web of relationships that makes every community a rich learning laboratory and the need for schools to be part of that web. Three issues were addressed by panelists and participants. First, since many communities are weak and impoverished in both economic and social terms, are they capable of being responsible for students' education? Second, standards carry the danger of being exploited for other purposes or used to establish "official knowledge." Who should set standards, who is the "community," and whose standards should prevail? Third, what kind of school funding policies support or undercut the potential of locally developed standards, and how does the state's "machinery of education" affect the strength of communities? Participants then offered advice and recommendations to communities, educators, legislators, and policymakers. Appendices include the keynote speech and the Rural Challenge's position paper on academic standards and community control. (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Community Control, Community Schools, Democracy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Place Based Education, Public Schools, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School District Autonomy, State School District Relationship
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annenberg Rural Challenge, Granby, CO.
Note: This document's appendices are also available separately; see ED 420 454 and RC 021 854.