In a speech delivered to the NAACP last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will “require parent and community input” in turning around persistently low-performing schools. That means “notification, outreach, public input, and honest, open discussion about the right option for each community.”
Can communities and parents help turn around schools? National Journal’s Education Experts discuss the appropriate way to structure parental and community involvement.
You can’t get meaningful community input by mandating it, responds Chad Wick of KnowledgeWorks.
Requiring “honest, open discussion” is a return to federal micromanagement, writes Rick Hess.