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ERIC Number: ED016021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS LOOKS AT SCHOOL DECENTRALIZATION--A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE BUNDY REPORT WITH UFT PROPOSALS.
United Federation of Teachers, New York, NY.
ALTHOUGH THE UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS FEELS THAT THE NEW YORK CITY'S PRESENT EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS NECESSARY, IT MAINTAINS THAT THE SPECIFIC CHANGES RECOMMENDED BY THE BUNDY REPORT FOR SCHOOL DECENTRALIZATION ARE NOT CONDUCIVE TO EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT. THE FEDERATION FEELS THAT INSTEAD OF DIVIDING THE SCHOOLS INTO 30-60 DISCRETE SCHOOL DISTRICTS, WHICH MAY VASTLY INCREASE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND REINFORCE EXISTING PATTERNS OF SEGREGATION, THE SCHOOL SYSTEM MIGHT BEST BE DECENTRALIZED INTO NO MORE THAN 15 SEPARATE DISTRICTS. THE PRESENT BOARD OF EDUCATION WOULD HAVE TO BE REMOVED AND THE MAYOR MIGHT THEN SELECT A NONSALARIED CENTRAL BOARD FROM PERSONS INITIALLY ELECTED BY LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. THESE LOCAL BOARDS SHOULD BE ABLE TO ELECT THEIR OWN DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS. HOWEVER, THE HIRING AND DISMISSAL OF TEACHERS AND SUPERVISORS, DEVELOPMENT OF CURRICULUMS, AND SELECTION OF TEXTBOOKS SHOULD NOT BE LEFT IN THE UNPROFESSIONAL HANDS OF LAY PERSONS. AND, IF EACH DISTRICT IS ALLOWED TO RECRUIT ITS OWN STAFF, TEACHERS WILL GRAVITATE TO THE MOST DESIRABLE, LEAST DISADVANTAGED, DISTRICTS. UNDER THE BUNDY PLAN LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS WOULD HAVE TO COMPETE FOR A SHARE OF THE CENTRAL BUDGET. THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM OF INSUFFICIENT FUNDS MIGHT BE MET BY DOUBLING PRESENT PER PUPIL EXPENDITURES AND BY GUARANTEEING A FIXED PERCENTAGE OF FUNDS TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. THE BUNDY REPORT'S RECOMMENDATION WOULD ALSO HAVE TEACHERS AND LOCALITIES COMPETE FOR THE REMAINS OF CENTRAL MONIES. TEACHER-COMMUNITY HOSTILITIES WOULD FURTHER INCREASE IF, AS SUGGESTED IN THE REPORT, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WERE CONDUCTED ON A LOCAL RATHER THAN CITYWIDE BASIS. FINALLY, REVISIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN THE PRESENT AND RECOMMENDED SYSTEMS OF TEACHER LICENSING AND RECRUITMENT. THIS DOCUMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, AFL-CIO, 260 PARK AVENUE, SOUTH, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10010. (LB)
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Authoring Institution: United Federation of Teachers, New York, NY.
Identifiers: BUNDY REPORT; Mayors Panel on School Decentralization NY; New York (New York); UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS