ERIC Number: ED041071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Decentralization and the City Schools; Looking Forward, No. 12 in a Series of Occasional Papers.
Although the break-up of the unresponsive school bureaucracy in New York will be a move toward greater accountability, the basic question is: will this raise achievement levels? Its possible advantagees include: the increase in both the operating efficiency of the schools and the responsiveness of schools to the lay public; increased student fate control following from increased parent control; and, the release of creative energies following the synthesis of community and school. The possible dangers include the establishment of a number of small, inefficient bureaucracies, and the abandonment of school integration as a paramount goal. The latter may decrease fate control by emphasizing the child's dependence on his social origins for his educational opportunities. An alternative to both the extreme neighborhood schools policy and the complete integration policy which would preserve and enhance educational quality is typified by the More Effective Schools program. Decentralization must proceed, but a strong central agency will always be needed. (JM)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Community Control, Decentralization, Educational Opportunities, Educational Quality, Individual Power, Neighborhood Schools, Parent Participation, Public Schools, School Desegregation, School Districts, School Policy, School Responsibility, Urban Schools
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Authoring Institution: League for Industrial Democracy, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Bundy Report; Coleman Report; More Effective Schools Program; New York