A book based on work done by a two-year policy research project on accountability in public schools was published in April by Omni Publishers of San Antonio. The book, Improving Your Child's Education: A Parent's Handbook for Working with Schools, is by LBJ School Professor Chrys Dougherty, who directed the project.
Written in a question-and-answer format, the book is intended to help parents become better informed about their children's schools. It gives parents places to go for help, questions to ask, answers to expect, and steps to take.
The basic premise of the book is that the more a parent knows about his or her children's school and education, the better education the children are likely to receive.
The book is divided into two parts. The first half is about being informed; the second half is about getting involved. A glossary provides the definitions of educational words and phrases and an appendix provides sources of additional information.
Just for the Kids, a school reform organization established by Dallas attorney Tom Luce, will assist with the distribution of the book. Just for the Kids supports public schools by forming a community base made up of parents, educators, and other citizens.
In addition to a 200-page national edition, special editions of the book will be available for some of the larger states.
The book costs $18.95, but volume discounts will bring the cost of the book below $10. The table of contents and several excerpts are available on the Internet.
For more information, contact Omni Publishers at 1/800/375-1711.
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