ERIC Number: ED159155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Is There a Forthcoming Push for Control of Teachers' Centers? Research Report Vol. 8, No. 3.
Blackmon, C. Robert
A survey of 300 public school superintendents indicated that there is a struggle for control of federally funded teacher centers. The situation appears to have elements of an adversary relationship between teachers' organizations, school administrators, and school boards. The majority of the superintendents surveyed saw the federal teacher center program as another tactic to control of education at the local level. While their attitudes ranged from acceptance of the teacher center concept to strong rejection, the mode seemed to be a lack of conceptualization of the program and a resultant nonparticipation. External and internal competition for increasingly scarce revenue, lack of board support, released-time erosion of pupil-teacher instructional contact time, and problems related to collective bargaining seemed to be among their concerns. It is concluded that even if the federal stimulus of centers does not endure, it will have stimulated the centers movement and promoted the placement of more decision-making about inservice education in the hands of teachers. (JD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Boards of Education, Decision Making, Federal Aid, Governance, Government Role, Public Schools, Superintendents, Teacher Associations, Teacher Centers
Bureau of Educational Materials and Research, College of Education. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Bureau of Educational Materials and Research.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 15, 1978)