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ERIC Number: ED029395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 28
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The Governing Board.
Mayer, Martin
In late spring of 1967, the New York City Board of Education recognized an experimental school district, comprised of two junior high schools and six elementary schools, in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville area of New York City. The prime impetus for this experiment in community involvement in decentralized school administration stemmed from a coalition of parents residing in the community and teachers belonging to the United Federation of Teachers. Representatives of this coalition were members of the district's initial planning council, and later comprised the majority of the members of the district's Governing Board. This experiment immediately faced large obstacles and consequent frustrations stemming from at least three sources: (1) Intercoalition dissension, heightened by the city-wide teachers strike of 1967, (2) the city Board of Education's refusal to allocate authority to the local Governing Board, and (3) widespread dissension and insecurity throughout the total staff of the school district. These factors, coupled with other disruptions, accented the position of those members of the Governing Board who felt the need to "force a confrontation." (JH)
Harper and Row, Publishers, 49 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016 (Complete document 122 pages, $3.95)
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Identifiers: California (Ocean Hill Brownville); New York City Board of Education; United Federation of Teachers
Note: Part I in THE TEACHERS STRIKE, NEW YORK, 1968