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ERIC Number: ED016022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan-2
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
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LETTER TO NEW YORK STATE OFFICIALS DISCUSSING DECENTRALIZATION IN THE NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM. (TITLE SUPPLIED).
LINDSAY, JOHN V.
IN THIS LETTER THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK DISCUSSES THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL SYSTEM RECOMMENDED BY HIS ADVISORY PANEL ON SCHOOL DECENTRALIZATION. HE NOTES THAT INSTEAD OF DECENTRALIZING THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS AT THIS TIME, ADMINISTRATORS MIGHT FOCUS ON THE OPERATION OF COMMUNITY BOARDS FOR THE ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS, AND ON THE INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS AT THIS LEVEL. HIGH SCHOOLS SHOULD CONTINUE TO OPERATE ON A CITYWIDE BASIS. ALSO, THERE SHOULD BE A CENTRAL BOARD OF EDUCATION (CBE) CONSISTING OF NINE UNPAID LAYMEN, CITYWIDE ENFORCEMENT OF STATE STANDARDS, AND CITYWIDE EVALUATION OF DISTRICT SCHOOLS AND DISSEMINATION OF PERTINENT INFORMATION. THE CBE WOULD REQUIRE EACH DISTRICT TO DEVELOP A LONG RANGE IMPROVEMENT PLAN. PERSONNEL FOR THE DECENTRALIZED SCHOOL DISTRICTS, WHO WOULD TAKE A BASIC QUALIFYING EXAMINATION, WOULD BE RECRUITED BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. EACH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD SHOULD HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OVER THE ADMINISTRATION OF FUNDS ALLOCATED TO IT. THIRTY SUCH BOARDS, CONCURRENT WITH THE PRESENT 30 DISTRICTS AND CONSISTING OF TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND OTHER INVOLVED COMMUNITY MEMBERS, SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED. TO EASE THE TRANSITION FROM CENTRAL TO LOCAL AUTHORITY, A TEMPORARY COMMISSION ON TRANSITION MIGHT BE FORMED. BY JULY 1970, ALMOST ALL THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARDS SHOULD BE IN FULL OPERATION. TO CARRY OUT THESE PLANS THE CITY MUST SPECIFICALLY SEEK AND TRAIN PERSONS TO WORK EFFECTIVELY WITHIN THE PROPOSED SYSTEM. (LB)
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Authoring Institution: New York City Office of the Mayor, NY.
Identifiers: Mayors Panel on School Decentralization NY; New York (New York)