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ERIC Number: ED017583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug-28
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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DECENTRALIZATION, WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO TURN UP.
TOBIER, ARTHUR
PROPOSALS BY THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR SCHOOL DECENTRALIZATION ARE REVIEWED. PROPELLED BY THE BOYCOTT OF I.S. 201, THE BOARD ULTIMATELY DEVELOPED SEVEN PROJECTS WHICH WOULD ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. THE PROPOSAL OFFERING THE GREATEST POSSIBILITY FOR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION WAS ONE WHICH SUGGESTED THE CREATION OF TWO EXPERIMENTAL UNITS COMPOSED OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ITS FEEDERS. ONE UNIT WAS TO BE ORGANIZED AROUND A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ON THE WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN, AND THE OTHER UNIT WAS TO CONSIST OF I.S. 201 AND ITS THREE FEEDER SCHOOLS. BOTH PLANS COLLAPSED. OF THE SIX OTHER PROPOSALS, ONE FOR BROWNSVILLE IN BROOKLYN COULD NOT GAIN COMMUNITY SUPPORT, AND THE OTHERS WERE EITHER POSTPONED INDEFINITELY OR THE BOARD DID NOT DEVELOP A SPECIFIC PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THEM. FINALLY, A NEW DECENTRALIZATION SCHEME INVOLVING THREE NEW EXPERIMENTAL UNITS WAS ANNOUNCED FOR WHICH THE FORD FOUNDATION WOULD PROVIDE PLANNING GRANTS TO ENABLE EACH UNIT TO DEVELOP ITS OWN PROPOSALS FOR A GOVERNING BOARD. HOWEVER, IN THIS PLAN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WOULD HAVE VETO POWER OVER THE PROPOSED LOCAL GOVERNING BOARD, ITS PROJECTED PROGRAMS, AND ADMINISTRATORS AND SUPERVISORS. THE TEACHERS UNION AND THE COUNCIL OF SUPERVISORY ASSOCIATIONS HAVE EXPRESSED SOME RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELECTED LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. OTHER ISSUES TO BE FACED INVOLVE POSSIBLE CONFLICTS WITH CERTAIN STATE EDUCATION LAWS AND DETERMINING WHETHER THE EXPERIMENTS IN DECENTRALIZATION ARE ADEQUATE AND "WISE." THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN "THE CENTER FORUM," VOLUME 2, NUMBER 2. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Center for Urban Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: FORD FOUNDATION; New York (New York)