ERIC Number: ED328977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
School Improvement Can't Be Negotiated.
Chalker, Donald M.
School improvement cannot be negotiated. In many educational circles, negotiation carries a negative connotation that creates a perception of adversaries, causing trust levels between participants to decline. Decisions made in an atmosphere of adversarial relationships between teacher unions and school boards are not always the productive consensus-oriented decisions required in site-based management. Some commonly negotiated site based issues are: (1) curriculum restructuring, in which excellence has the best chance of developing when a team is formed; (2) teacher empowerment, in which both teacher unions and boards of education must cooperatively empower teachers and administrators to make site-based decisions; and (3) academic freedom in regards to who will make instructional decisions in the school setting. Effective schools can best be developed by decision making at the local level through team settings, not negotiations. Decisions that focus on the needs of children and not special interests are the most hopeful solution to the union/management dilemma. (EJS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Federation of Teachers; National Education Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (Atlanta, GA, November 1990).