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ERIC Number: ED337861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 42
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Experimenting with Decentralization: The Politics of Change.
Wohlstetter, Priscilla
The relationship between the political context of school districts and their choices of decentralization policy is explored in this paper. It was expected that district politics would affect decentralization policies in two ways: the form of decentralization adopted and the degree of change. The decision to decentralize in three large urban school districts was studied through semistructured interviews with school board members and other shapers of school district policy--27 in Chicago, 24 in Los Angeles, and 20 in Miami-Dade. Findings suggest that a combination of externally mandated reform and local decentralization results in radically different decentralization policies, exemplified by the Chicago experience. Administrative decentralization and internal choice, characteristics of the Miami-Dade and Los Angeles situations, facilitated moderate to incremental change from standard operating procedures. A conclusion is that conflict among insiders influenced not only the character of the reform as expected, but also the extremeness or degree of change adopted. Four tables are included. (36 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Chicago Public Schools; Dade County Public Schools FL; Larger School Districts; Los Angeles Unified School District CA