ERIC Number: ED094030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-19
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Sequential and Organizational Models of School Decentralization: New York City and Detroit.
Pilo, Marvin R.
System-wide school decentralization is now implemented both in New York City and in Detroit. It is important, therefore, to inquire into alternative explanations of the origins of the school decentralization movement with a view to constructing models of school organizational behavior and change which may have utility either to other school systems facing the decentralization question, or to other problems of organizational behavior. Two such models, the sequential and the organizational, have been proposed for these purposes. The sequential model postulates a sequence of key events leading to the decision to decentralize a school system. Its interesting implication is that the goal of the community control movement is greater citizen participation in organizational decision-making. The logic of the organizational model implies that greater authority for organizational decision-making be delegated to local administrators. What is at issue here is the distinction between community control and administrative decentralization. The tension between these two not necessarily compatible models for the restructuring of educational governance is at the heart of this paper, and at the heart of the disappointment with the results of school decentralization in New York City and Detroit now felt by many of its early proponents. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Michigan (Detroit); New York (New York)