How Communities Can Use Research To Hold School Systems Accountable.

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This study examined how community organizations can use research to identify community education interests and influence school systems to serve those interests. A case study of the Southeast Education Task Force in Baltimore, Maryland, analyzed the organization's efforts to develop a school facility plan and persuade the school system to adopt and implement it. The community organization combined the formal research on school facilities, political research on allies and decisions makers, and an informal collection of local knowledge. It used this research to develop short-term and long-range facility and capital improvement plans, and then persuaded the school system to repair school facilities and state decision makers to approve a new neighborhood school. (Contains 56 references.)
Baum, Howell S.
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