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ERIC Number: EJ777919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 34
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Empowering Parents and Building Communities: The Role of School-Based Councils in Educational Governance and Accountability
Shatkin, Gavin; Gershberg, Alec Ian
Urban Education, v42 n6 p582-615 2007
This article builds and explores the hypothesis that parent and community participation in school governance can have positive impacts on community development by fostering improvements in school performance and school-community relations and by acting as a catalyst for collective action around community-development issues. It does so through case studies of reforms for school-based management that have led to the creation of school-site councils that include parents and community representatives in Kentucky, Hawaii, Chicago, and El Paso. The article finds that the hypothesized outcomes can occur where parents are given meaningful decision-making authority in schools, nongovernmental organizations provide training and advocacy for parents, and principals actively facilitate parent involvement. (Contains 16 notes, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii; Illinois; Kentucky; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990