In 1972, students and adults in Port Jervis School District in Port Jervis, New York, worked together to redesign the district’s schools.
Working with teachers, administrators, parents, school board members and community organization leaders the student/adult gathering had 125 participants. They came up with a list of education reforms that included:
- Making arrangements to distribute school newsletters in languages other than English
- Planning a new community youth center
- Starting a radio program produced by students
- Setting up mentorships for young people with adults in the community
- Arranging to make schools more available for community activities
- Beane, James A., and Michael W. Apple. “The case for democratic schools.” Democratic schools (1995): 1-25.