ERIC Number: ED476144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
How Communities Can Use Research To Hold School Systems Accountable.
Baum, Howell S.
This study examined how community organizations can use research to identify community education interests and to influence school systems to serve those interests. A case study of the Southeast Education Task Force in Baltimore, Maryland, analyzed the organization's efforts to develop a school facility plan and to persuade the school system to adopt and implement it. The community organization combined formal research on school facilities, political research on allies and decisions makers, and informal collection of local knowledge. The organization used this research to develop short-term and long-range facility and capital improvement plans. With the research, the organization persuaded the school system to repair school facilities and assisted the system in persuading state decision makers to approve a new neighborhood school. The paper identifies conditions under which an organization may use research influentially with a school system. The case illustrates ways community organizations can use research to hold school systems accountable for responding to community agendas. (Contains 56 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).