ERIC Number: ED345371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
South Carolina's Flexibility through Deregulation Program: A Case Study.
Fuhrman, Susan H.; And Others
To foster high quality education, some states are treating districts differently, reserving a heavy hand for some and granting more flexibility and regulatory freedom to others. South Carolina was the first state to enact a flexibility program granting blanket waivers, or wide-scale exemptions from whole categories of education regulations, to a certain group of high-performing schools. The state's Flexibility through Deregulation program is part of a Target 2000 reform package enacted in 1989. This case study examines the effectiveness of South Carolina's flexibility program, drawing from a review of state and federal documents, interviews with state-level policymakers, and a survey conducted by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. In September 1990, questionnaires were mailed to principals of all schools then qualifying for the deregulation program. Out of 125 surveys mailed, 70 principals responded, for a 56 percent response rate. Following a brief introduction, subsequent sections discuss the evolution of state reform efforts, specific program provisions, other deregulation provisions contained in Target 2000, the future of education reform, and issues for further research. Many schools undertook significant changes resulting from deregulation. Smaller schools seemed more adventurous in their experimentation, and the district's role was helpful in providing expectations and/or assistance. Comparisons of deregulation approaches suggests that few schools were taking advantage of rule-by-rule waivers, but many reported changes in the wake of blanket waivers. (14 references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Principals, School District Autonomy, State Legislation, State School District Relationship, Surveys
CPRE, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1568 ($7 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, New Brunswick, NJ.
Identifiers: Deregulation; South Carolina