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ERIC Number: ED020036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE MYTHS OF REORGANIZATION.
DEGOOD, K.C.
A GROUP OF MORE THAN 80 BUSINESSMEN AND INDUSTRIAL LEADERS (LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION) CONDUCTED A STUDY OF OHIO SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND RECOMMENDED ACCELERATED REORGANIZATION AND CONSOLIDATION AS A MEANS OF IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL QUALITY. IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS, HOWEVER, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO DISPEL SEVERAL MYTHS. THE FIRST MYTH (UNITARY CONCEPT MYTH) CONSISTS OF THE BELIEF THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS EXIST FOR SOME SINGLE UNDEFINED PURPOSE AND FURTHER DISCUSSION IS PRECLUDED UNTIL THIS PURPOSE HAS BEEN CLEARLY IDENTIFIED. RESEARCH, HOWEVER, INDICATES THAT DISTINCT ADVANTAGES EXIST IN EDUCATIONAL UNITS LARGER THAN MANY SMALL DISTRICTS. THE SECOND MYTH CONCERNS THE MAXIMUM SIZE (SIZE LIMITS MYTH) TO WHICH A DISTRICT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GROW. SINCE IT IS RATHER EASY TO DEFINE A SYSTEM AS TOO SMALL, PROPONENTS OF THIS MYTH OFTEN DEMAND AN EQUALLY PRECISE DEFINITION OF AN OVERPOPULATED SYSTEM. FAILURE TO DEFINE A SPECIFIC UPPER LIMIT IS A WEAK ARGUMENT FOR NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SERVICES A LARGER DISTRICT COULD OFFER. THE THIRD MYTH (TRANSPORTATION MYTH) EXPRESSES ITSELF IN THE FEAR OF AN UNREASONABLE RISE IN TRANSPORTATION COSTS WITH INCREASED STUDENT INFLUX FROM OUTLYING COMMUNITIES. IN ACTUALITY, THOSE DISTRICTS WHICH HAVE REORGANIZED HAVE FOUND THAT TRANSPORTATION COSTS RISE NO MORE RAPIDLY THAN OTHER EXPENSES. THIS ARTICLE APPEARS IN THE "OHIO SCHOOL BOARDS JOURNAL," VOL. 12, NO. 2, FEBRUARY 1968. (DA)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio School Boards Association, Columbus.
Identifiers: LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION