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ERIC Number: EJ726659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Marrying Citizens and Educators in Decision Making
Leighninger, Matt
School Administrator, v62 n10 p48 Nov 2005
The growing attraction between citizens and educators can form the basis of a fruitful school-community relationship. This new way of connecting, in which large numbers of people meet regularly to talk about school issues and find solutions, goes far beyond blue-ribbon commissions and school-business partnerships. To make the marriage last, however, some important new questions--or rather, new twists on old questions--must be considered: How should schools be accountable to the community and vice versa? Should students be able to help make school decisions? How should educators and citizens work together on a daily basis? To understand how these questions emerge, the author compares what is happening in Hamilton, Ontario, which just embarked on a large-scale public engagement project, with the experience of Winston-Salem, N.C., which began mobilizing citizens two years ago. The public engagement projects in Hamilton and Winston-Salem are demonstrating the willingness and capacity of citizens to examine thorny school issues and implement solutions. This can result in a bargain that works for both sides: parents and other community members devote their time and energy to solving school problems, and educators give them a greater say over school policies in return. The tangible benefits of this romance have convinced school districts all over the country to follow suit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; North Carolina