ERIC Number: ED143075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
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Bureaucracy and the Schools. Special Report.
This paper reviews the pathologies of school bureaucratic structures especially evident in large urban school systems like New York City's, and it suggests some remedies to these problems. Bureaucratic organization has severe disadvantages when applied to a function like education in a society that purports to be democratic. Large educational bureaucracies tend to be inefficient, educationally ineffective, and inimical to basic democratic values such as individualism, fairness, political accountability, and respect for pluralism. The author lists remedies for bureaucracy-based ills, including budget reform, school level management, decentralization of very large systems, collective bargaining reforms (including disclosure of costs and impact on services of proposed contract items), development of a total learning community, and student choice of educational alternatives. (Author/DS)
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Authoring Institution: Public Education Association, New York, NY.