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ERIC Number: ED086754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 186
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Decentralization and School Effectiveness: A Case Study of the 1969 School Decentralization Law in New York City.
Zimet, Melvin
This study examines the effects of the 1969 Decentralization Law on a community school district. The central question to which the book addresses itself is: What has been the effect of decentralization on school effectiveness? To reach a conclusion, a comparison was made of the following data before and after decentralization: reading scores, absenteeism (teachers as well as students), student suspensions, vandalism, teacher transfers, and principal transfers. In addition to the central question of effectiveness, answers to the following questions were sought: To what extent has there been a shift toward power equalization and participative decision-making as a result of decentralization? To what extent has decentralization led to increased innovation and flexibility in school programs? To what extent has decentralization led to a redefinition of the accountability of the professional and administrative staff? To what extent has decentralization facilitated the integration of the local school with the local community? The research for this study was conducted in Community School District Seven in the South Bronx. This is a poverty area as defined by the Elementary Secondary Education Act of 1965. In many ways, it epitomizes the failure of the public school system to cope with the needs of the City's disadvantaged minorities. (Author/JM)
Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027 ($5.95)
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)