ERIC Number: ED130417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Coordination Versus Local Expertise: A New View of School District Decentralization.
Marschak, Thomas; Thomason, Diana
This report describes a study that sought to determine how a school district's performance changes if more freedom is given to school sites with regard to budgeting, curriculum, personnel matters, and parent communications, at the same time more of the district's administrative resources are made available for tasks of local expertise, rather than tasks of coordination. The study focuses on a comparison of two California school districts, including one traditional centralized district and one decentralized district. Data for the study were drawn from questionnaires completed by elementary school principals in each district, from unstructured interviews with five principals and key district office personnel from each district, and from an examination of various district office documents. The authors conclude that there is more local autonomy in the decentralized district, but that effective use of this freedom requires individual schools to devote greater effort to certain tasks of local expertise than schools in the centralized district devote. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Action Research Center, Berkeley, CA.