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NR # 3255
Bill creates community school boards in every barangay
A lawmaker wants governance of public basic education at the local level strengthened through the creation of a community school board in every barangay in the country. Rep. Eulogio Magsaysay (Party-list, AVE) filed House Bill 297 as he stressed the need to institute a structure that will gather all concerned stakeholders, empower them in the process of formulating policies and implement programs that involve the education of their own community. Magsaysay said the school boards shall be composed of barangay officials, public schools teachers, Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs) and non-academic school personnel’s organizations. “The board shall provide a mechanisms of check-and-balance to properly and effectively attain the goals for education,” Magsaysay said. Under the measure, a community school board shall be established within a barangay or within a group of barangays comprising an established zonal district, in all the cities and municipalities nationwide where at least six public schools are situated. The community school board shall be co-chaired by both the barangay chairman or duly elected representative of all the barangay chairmen within the clustered barangays or within a zonal district, and the duly elected representative of all the school heads in public schools situated in a barangay or within the clustered barangays or within a zonal district. The board shall undertake regular profiling of the community’s public school education, develop and implement a community’s public school education, develop and implement a community public education plan based on defined key result areas (KRAs) delineating the specific strategies or actions, required resources, stakeholders, time-frame of accomplishments, and system of monitoring and evaluations -- reflecting the values and aspirations of the community it serves. The board shall collaborate with the municipal or city school board on education concerns such as the necessity of funding assistance for education purposes, provide support to the implementation of schools’ policies, programs and projects, establish community networks for education initiatives, and promote active private sector participation to the community’s education initiatives. (30) jc