ERIC Number: ED393934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
State School Closure: Fort Worth and Travis Employee Surveys 1993 and 1994, Parent/Family Surveys, 1993 and 1994 Results.
Kraushaar, Kevin, Comp.; Elliott, Delia, Comp.
The Southwest Institute for Developmental Disabilities conducted surveys in 1993 and 1994 of families of people being served at two state schools and of employees of those schools about expected school closures. The two employee surveys explored attitudes about downsizing and closure, morale, and job satisfaction. In 1993, 803 employees at the Fort Worth State School (FW) replied, while 468 answered the 1994 survey. At the Travis State School (T), 800 employees responded in 1993 and 531 in 1994. The second survey was generally more positive for FW, but dissatisfaction with the planned closure was still apparent at both schools. The survey of family members, completed by 171 FW parents, family members, or guardians in 1993, and 136 in 1994, and by 234 T family members in 1993 survey, and 238 in 1994, indicated that closure processes were addressing the needs of families, and that perceptions were much more positive in the second year, when roughly half of the family members receiving treatment had relocated. In 1994, however, about 80% of families still felt that the schools should not close. Most respondents felt that quality of care had not suffered and that transfers had been arranged with dignity. (Contains 31 graphs.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Inst. for Developmental Disabilities, Abilene, TX.
Identifiers: Texas (Fort Worth); Texas (Travis County)
Note: For a related document, see TM 024 963. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (October 13-16, 1993).