ERIC Number: ED121873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Urban School Decentralization. National Issues and Prospects for San Francisco.
Scott, Robert E.; And Others
This discussion is organized into four sections. In an introductory section, it is pointed out that the word "decentralization" appears to have many meanings. There is a need to clarify definitions, and to examine decentralization in a practical, working context. In Part 1, "Background and Issues", some of the major issues involved in decentralization are outlined, and the way this concept grew in popularity with the history of urban unrest during the 1960's is shown. In Part 2, the decentralization experiments of six major urban school districts--Saint Louis, Missouri; Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Michigan; New York City; and Louisville, Kentucky--are discussed in detail. In Part 3, "Decentralization in San Francisco", the history of attempts to decentralize the San Francisco Unified School District is reviewed, and some of the factors supporting or preventing decentralization in San Francisco are analyzed. An overall summary of interviews with community representatives and members of the Board of Education involved in voting on proposals to formally decentralize the school district is given. Also included are sources of information on and brief descriptions of decentralization structures in five cities not discussed in the text. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Boards of Education, Community Control, Community Involvement, Decentralization, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Governance, Policy Formation, Political Issues, School Administration, School District Autonomy, School Districts, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rosenberg Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco Center for Public Education, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)