ERIC Number: ED238163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Managing Decline in School Systems: A Handbook. Final Draft.
Zerchykov, Ross; Weaver, W. Timothy
This is a resource book on cutback management in public schools. It catalogs over 30 practices, provides policy models from 27 school districts in 17 states, and summarizes a decade of advice about decline management in light of recent research evidence on what works and what doesn't work in managing the politics of retrenchment. Its highlights include (1) syntheses of the research evidence on conflict management, on the political, neighborhood, curricular, and fiscal impacts of school closure, on the impact of declining enrollments on the school program, and on equity initiatives; (2) a coalition rather than consensus building model of conflict management and its implications for developing policies for community involvement; (3) two field-tested fiscal analysis procedures that clarify the cost and revenue implications of changes in enrollments and services; (4) procedures for documenting the impact of enrollment decline on curricular offerings at the high school level; and (5) a checklist for developing policies incorporating performance criteria into reduction-in-force policies. (Author/TE)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Citizen Participation, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Curriculum Development, Economic Factors, Educational Administration, Educational Economics, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, Financial Policy, Financial Problems, Fiscal Capacity, Inflation (Economics), Money Management, Politics of Education, Public Education, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, School Community Relationship, School Support
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.
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