ERIC Number: ED028512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-8
Reference Count: 0
Strengthening Citizen Participation: An Analysis of New York City Experiments.
Usdan, Michael D.
Although New York City has received the bulk of publicity on the decentralization issue because of the bitter conflicts there, the issue exists in other large cities as well. Community members, especially in the ghettos, have become disenchanted with the bureaucratic organization and want to have a voice in policy decisions. Teachers, on the other hand, having acquired a great deal of power through the size of their organizations, feel that decentralization poses a threat to this newly acquired power. The result has been tragic and volatile confrontations between community groups and the teacher's union, especially in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville decentralization struggle. Events which have permeated the New York crisis could cause trouble for other cities if they are not recognized and corrected. Lessons of the crisis are that the civil rights movement and other developments have triggered an irreversible response in the ghettos; (2) since school systems are the prime means through which social mobility can be achieved, they will continue to receive much attention in the nation's urban struggle; (3) there was a lack of communication between the city board of education and the community's fledgling giverning board; and (4) there were no attempts to hammer out compromises cooperatively. (HW)
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Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 8, 1969).