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Marrying Citizens and Educators in Decision Making

Marrying Citizens and Educators in Decision Making, written by Matt Leighninger, was published in the November 2005 issue of The School Administrator. The article discusses the increasing prevalence of cooperation between school administrators and the public and examines two specific cases of public engagement projects in Hamilton, Ontario, and and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The introduction of the article is excerpted below; the full text can be found at http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=7752.

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?

From The School Administrator, November 2005, Number 10, Vol. 62.

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