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ERIC Number: ED011130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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KENOSHA, WISCONSIN, WHEN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A FISCALLY DEPENDENT SCHOOL BOARD AND COMMUNITY BREAKS DOWN. REPORT OF AN INVESTIGATION.
BARR, W. MONTFORT; AND OTHERS
A SCHOOL BUDGET CONTROVERSY IN KENOSHA, WISCONSIN, STIMULATED AN NEA-WEA SPECIAL COMMITTEE STUDY OF THE CONTROVERSY, THE COMMUNITY, THE CITY GOVERNMENT, AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. SCHOOL FINANCES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE CITY COUNCIL WERE CHRONOLOGICALLY TRACED. COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN BETWEEN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE CITY COUNCIL WAS PERCEIVED TO BE THE MAJOR CAUSE OF THE CONTROVERSY. THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE, CENTERING UPON THIS PROBLEM, RECOMMENDED THAT (1) DESTRUCTIVE CRITICISM BETWEEN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY AGENCIES MUST CEASE, (2) THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION, WITH ITS MORE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING, MUST ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR DETERMINING FUNDS NEEDED TO SUPPORT A QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAM, (3) AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF DISTRICT NEEDS AND RESOURCES SHOULD BE MADE BY SPECIALISTS, (4) AN ORGANIZED SYSTEM OF INFORMATION DISSEMINATION SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED, (5) WRITTEN POLICIES OF THE BOARD AND THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE REEXAMINED AND SHOULD CLEARLY DELINEATE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE VARIOUS AGENCIES, (6) A COMMITTEE OF CITIZENS AND OFFICIALS SHOULD EXAMINE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT REORGANIZATION, AND (7) EACH GROUP MUST FULFILL ITS RESPONSIBILITIES AND WORK TO FOSTER GOOD INTERACTION WITH OTHER GROUPS. THE COMMITTEE CONCLUDED THAT KENOSHA CHILDREN WERE RECEIVING ABOVE-AVERAGE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. (HM)
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.; Wisconsin Education Association, Madison.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA; MADISON; Wisconsin (Kenosha)