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ERIC Number: ED059529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 26
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The Perils of Bigness: The Case Against Large School Systems.
Coleman, Peter
This paper deals with school system size from the standpoint of costs and community involvement. The first section describes findings of recent studies in Oregon, British Columbia, and Manitoba, regarding the relationship between administrative component size and that of the school system, and the relationship between school system size and unit costs. Similar findings for all three jurisdictions reveal that there exists a cost curve wherein costs decrease with increase in system enrollments to a certain optimal point. Beyond that point, costs increase with increases in enrollment. In the second section, some criteria are established for analyzing school systems, and the suggestion is made that insofar as system "bigness" is concerned, three criteria are important: citizen participation in policymaking, program diversity to meet community needs, and flexibility in meeting pressures for innovation. Three case studies of New York, Vancouver, and Toronto are described briefly. (Author/EA)
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