ERIC Number: EJ757355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Dear Public: Can We Talk?
Johnson, Jean; Friedman, Will
School Administrator, v63 n2 p26 Feb 2006
In the past decade, schools nationwide have been caught up in a whirlwind of change. No Child Left Behind is the law of the land. Every state in the nation is wrestling with academic standards and school funding. In this article, the authors outline three areas regarding public engagement that are worrisome: (1) Parents may not be ready for change; (2) Communication within schools and districts could be better; and (3) Districts and communities need to agree about where to put their money and what to do first. Based on their experience at Public Agenda, they identify three components of engagement that are indispensable: (1) Taking time to plan an effective process; (2) Reaching beyond the usual suspects; and (3) Including choice work.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Financial Support, Parent Attitudes, School Districts, Governance, School Community Relationship, Public Opinion, Public Education, Community Role, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001