ERIC Number: ED347641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Adaptation and Change: The Case of the State Takeover of the Jersey City Public Schools.
Rettig, Michael D.
Findings of a study that examined the first 2.5 years of radical state intervention in the operation of the Jersey City Public Schools are presented in this paper. Control of the district was assumed by the state department of education in October 1989. The first section describes the historical background of takeover action in New Jersey and its legislated mandates. Methodology was based on field observation, document analysis, and a total of 24 interviews conducted with state takeover team members, new central office administrators, principals, and teachers. Eight followup interviews were conducted. Six of the implementation themes--time, the politics of waiting, expectations, insider-outsider conflict, communication, and scope--are used to explore the nature of state takeover as a means of creating a district culture with the capacity for self-improvement. Early evidence suggests that the district's ability to sustain positive and systemic educational change has not improved. The following issues must be addressed: insider-outsider conflict, timing, overly high expectations, communication, and goals and evaluation. Specific recommendations for a state intervention strategy are offered. One figure is included. (46 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Jersey City Public Schools NJ; State Takeovers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).