ERIC Number: ED116330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
New Rules Affecting School Boards and School Administration.
McGivern, Bernard T.
School districts are increasingly squeezed between increasing operating costs and the growing difficulty of raising new revenue. Most causes of this situation are beyond the control of school officials; they can only control staffing and educational programs. Because 80 percent of most school budgets go for salaries and related expenses, any major cut in spending must be in the area of salaries. Moves in this direction will inevitably cause confrontations with teachers' unions. Other roadblocks include state laws governing teacher tenure, seniority, and retirement plans. To meet these challenges, school officials must actively seek public support and input. Only with active support from a majority of taxpayers can school officials effectively oppose costly new state mandates, oppose changes in labor laws that limit the bargaining strength of school districts, oppose liberalization of retirement benefits, keep schools open during teacher strikes, keep state aid flowing during teacher strikes, and put pressure on school employee unions to share the responsibility for maintaining a decent educational program. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Financial Problems, School Personnel, School Support, State Legislation, Teacher Employment, Tenure
Not available separately; see EA 007 811
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State School Boards Association, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York