ABSTRACT

Highland is governed by the nine-member parent Board of Directors elected from the current body of parents. The parent Board has full legal responsibility for all decisions relating to the operation of the school. Parent governance of a school is the ultimate parent involvement strategy. This chapter focuses on parent governance at Highland, with recommendations for public education. It begins with a brief overview of the earlier experiments to make schools more autonomous, with the view that mere administrative decentralization does not necessarily empower parents at all and that giving parents full power and responsibility without other necessary changes, such as training, consultation, and full economic support, is simplistic. The chapter presents a brief history of parent control at Highland, which includes comments from parent leaders during those years about their involvement and that of other parents.