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ERIC Number: ED079337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Pages: 10
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Accountability - To Whom, for What.
Smith, Paul M., Jr.
The traditional role of the personnel administrator is discussed, and the need for a new type of personnel worker who will be held accountable in working with black youth is pointed out. Traditionally, the role of the personnel administrator has been determined and defined by the chief school officer. They have been the officers of law and order in the school, have determined what study "tracks" pupils should follow, have determined what pupils should be taught by certain teachers, have tried to make their decisions appear specific and fair by use of standardized tests and inventories, have selected which students should receive help, have helped in deciding who should be forced to leave school, have decided who should receive counseling, and have proposed which parents should be contacted. If the present school organization is to continue, it is believed that pupil personnel administrators and staff should divorce themselves from the chief school officer or institutions and become independent agencies responsible only to students and parents. This could be done on a contractual basis or in some form of the voucher plan. Students and parents would be responsible for selecting the personnel to act in their behalf. The personnel worker should be representative of the various ethnic groups that comprise the community. Black people must insist upon more personnel directors and staff members who are black. Black people and other minorities must insist upon the major role when the final decision is made regarding budget, school construction, curriculum modifications, and the hiring and firing of all school personnel. (DB)
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Note: Speech given before the Annual Conference of National Association of Pupil Personnel Administrators (Indianapolis, Indiana, October 28-31, 1970)