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| Schools are required to cooperate and to construct networks with regional facilities, organizations and associations. For that reason, the establishment of local education liaison councils was proposed in the first report from the Central Council for Education in July 1996.
Local education liaison councils are established mainly by municipal Boards of Education through participation of the PTAs, youth associations, local enterprises, regional organizations, regional associations and schools. Liaison Council roles are to transmit and consult about activities and to construct networks, in other words, to promote improved child raising by all members involved. The report proposes the establishment of a Center for Revitalization of Community Education to provide services such as information dissemination, consultation, registration and introduction of guides and volunteers. The September 1998 report from the Central Council for Education proposed efforts to assess the needs for educational administration in school districts and to promote close cooperation between schools and regional societies by adding school councilors to Local Education Liaison Council membership.