Baylor's Phi Delta Kappa Hosts National Public School Forum

Sept. 17, 1998

by Lori Scott Fogleman

The Baylor University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, in cooperation with the National PTA and the Center on Education Policy, will host one of only 20 national forums on the question -- "Do We Still Need Public Schools?" -- Monday, Sept. 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the fifth floor Cashion Room of the Hankamer School of Business. The forum is open to the public.

Forty-eight community members and 16 educators have been invited to participate in the forum which is designed to open communication within the community and serve as the beginning for future forums in other school districts. The participants will be divided into eight discussion groups where they will be asked to try to come to a consensus on three questions:

1. What are the purposes of public education?

2. How effective are our public schools?

3. How can we improve our public schools to meet our future needs?

The results of the twenty 1998-99 forums will be compiled into a national summary to be published in the KAPPAN, the professional print journal for education. The moderator for the local forum is the executive director emeritus of Phi Delta Kappa, Dr. Lowell Rose of the University of Indiana at Bloomington.

Phi Delta Kappa International is a professional fraternity for men and women in education. The membership includes classroom teachers, school administrators, undergraduate and graduate education students, college and university professors and educational specialists. The basic mission of Phi Delta Kappa is the enhancement and betterment of public education as essential to a democratic way of life.

For more information on the forum, contact co-directors Dr. Jo vonRosenberg at (254) 772-4990 or Dr. Arthur Miller at 776-8267.

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