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ERIC Number: ED498396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
A Guide to Public Engagement and School Finance Litigation
Public Education Network
This guide was developed to encourage community organizations to employ public engagement strategies in the context of school finance litigation taking place in their states. While litigation may at times seem daunting and complex to non-lawyers, there is much that community-based organizations concerned with education reform can do to become involved in the process. Organizations can help their constituent groups and the public become involved as well, working to ensure that the outcomes of the litigation reflect the interests of their respective communities. This guide is organized to make the process of school finance litigation meaningful and accessible to a wide audience. The guide is divided into three sections: (1) An introductory section explains why public engagement and community involvement are critical to the fight for public school resources, and how community-based organizations can play active and direct roles in helping to secure resources for public schools for years to come. (2) The second section explains how education finance policy is made in theory and in practice. Historically, what have been the roles of the legislatures, the courts, and the school districts in the policymaking process? (3) The third section explores where local education funds (LEFs) and community-based organizations fit into this process. It outlines a four-phase approach for the involvement of community-based organizations in school finance litigation. Each is illustrated by an example of a support role played by an LEF or other community-based organization. Appendices include: (1) Resources with Information and Experience Regarding Public Engagement and School Finance Litigation; (2) Sample Criteria for Joining an Amicus Brief, Developed from Public Education Network's Criteria; (3) "E-Advocacy" as a Public Engagement Strategy; and (4) PEN (Public Education Network) Position Paper on "Fair Opportunities to Learn"--Student Success: A Shared Responsibility. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.