The Brown University News Bureau
Distributed May 8, 1998
Contact: Mark Nickel
Public schools and open records
Forum will address questions of public access to school information
A public forum, co-sponsored by Brown University's Taubman Center and
ACCESS/RI, will discuss the rationale and methods for public access to public
school information. Five panelists will make brief presentations beginning at 7
p.m. Monday, May 18, 1998, in Room 102 of Wilson Hall, located on the Brown
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Representatives of schools, parents groups, school
departments and teachers unions will gather at Brown University Monday, May 18,
1998, for an open forum on public access to public school information. The
forum, co-sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and
American Institutions and ACCESS/RI, will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of Wilson
Hall, located on The College Green.
Participants in the forum will focus on the following questions:
- What information must school departments provide about student achievement
and school performance?
- Can public access to assessment records increase public accountability and
increase overall quality of the public schools?
- What are the best means to provide this information and other general
information about school departments?
- How can school committee minutes and agendas be improved to provide more
information to parents and the general public?
- Ron Wolk, founder and editor of Education Week
Trudy McKendry, president of the Narragansett Teachers Union
Jane Austin, former member of the Warwick School Committee
Robert Shapiro, superintendent of the Warwick School Department
A member of the state PTA board.
- Public forum on public access to information from public schools
- Monday, May 18, 1998, at 7 p.m.
- Room 102, Wilson Hall, located on The College Green at Brown