ERIC Number: ED103434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun-15
Reference Count: N/A
Southeast Alternatives Free School End of Year Report.
An evolving educational alternative, The Free School, has undergone many changes since its inception in 1971, which has made evaluation difficult. The end of year report, therefore, is presented in a principally narrative form utilizing case histories and personal comments, although pertinent graphs and charts are included. Among the difficulties facing the school was the problem of imposing a necessary structure on a form which seemed to fundamentally demand maximum freedom for students, staff, and volunteers. Student behavior problems and black student transfer contributes to the school's dilemma of how to provide productive freedom without sacrificing educational and social objectives. A governing board composed of students, staff, and parents was formed in 1973 in order to address such problems. The board, perceived effective in the function of hiring and evaluating staff, was not productive in other areas, illustrated by the fact that most school decisions were made on a crisis basis. (BJG)
Descriptors: Accountability, Behavior Problems, Black Students, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Experimental Schools, Free Schools, Governing Boards, Graduation Requirements, Language Arts, Mathematics Curriculum, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Parent Participation, Political Socialization, Reading Skills, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Southeast Alternatives Program.