American educational reform movements focus on efforts to restructure our schools to include all interested parties, especially parents, in the decision-making process. Nowhere is involvement more crucial than in America's inner-city urban neighborhoods. As parents are given a greater voice in their child's school, educators must join them as collaborators. This article identifies elements that impeded parental involvement and recognizes positive and encouraging techniques leading toward successful family-school-community partnerships. An alliance between groups too long seen as opponents rather than proponents must be established.
Gamer, Frances and Mastaby, Kathleen McCarthy
"Parent Involvement in Urban Schools: The View from the Front of the Classroom,"
New England Journal of Public Policy:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol10/iss1/5