ERIC Number: ED342078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching New Heights: A Guide to the Implementation of School-Based Decision Making under the Kentucky Education Reform Act.
The Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) was passed in 1990 as a result of a Kentucky Supreme Court order to establish an efficient and equitable system of public education. This report is a guide to the implementation of school-based decision making, which is the most immediate of the reform initiatives being implemented. A review of the role of the board of education is followed by an overview of the school council. The statute that established school-based decision-making and frames the organization and operation of the school council is detailed. It addresses three main topics: (1) the formation of the school council; (2) the functions of the school council; and (3) the policy making responsibility of the school board of education. The next section summarizes the law in 11 areas important to the implementation of school-based decision-making. It offers a practical and legally sound interpretation of the law that gives guidance in resolving "who does what" when the law does not clearly delineate. These areas include curriculum, assignment of instructional and noninstructional staff time, determination of the school schedule, instructional practices, and discipline. Answers to commonly asked questions conclude the document. Two appendixes contain: (1) an education coalition statement on school-based decision-making; and (2) the full text of cited statutes. (RR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky School Boards Association, Frankfort.