ERIC Number: ED332299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School Restructuring in California. The 1991-92 Budget; Perspectives and Issues. Reprint.
Three broad themes run throughout restructuring reforms: decentralization, collaboration, and accountability. The California Legislature recently established a statewide school restructuring demonstration program to help determine whether California educators can make restructuring work. This analysis examines the concept of school restructuring, focusing on: (1) current performance deficiencies in the state school system; (2) restructuring components and their potential for improving educational quality; (3) a summary of research on school restructuring's effectiveness; and (4) the state's future role in restructuring efforts. The analysis is intended to be descriptive, rather than judgmental, and is based on an extensive literature review, interviews with experts, and direct classroom observations. From this research, several conclusions may be drawn: First, more research is needed concerning restructuring's effectiveness. Second, teachers need sufficient release time and training to meet added restructuring demands. Third, schools must link restructuring components to the effective delivery of a challenging curriculum. And finally, schools basing restructuring on strategic planning (instead of piecemeal reform) may have greater success. Besides establishing pilot projects, states can restructure teacher preparation programs, experiment with performance-based waivers, conduct additional, broad-based research projects, and improve coordination of the state's educational policy objectives with the model curriculum frameworks. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Office of the Legislative Analyst, Sacramento.
Identifiers: California; Strategic Planning
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