ERIC Number: ED166825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Alternatives in American Education, Vol. I: District Policies and the Implementation of Change.
Bass, Gail V.
This study analyzes the establishment of public alternative schools and programs from the perspective of school district management. An alternative school or program is defined as one that is full-time, is available to students on a voluntary basis, and is in some way distinctive from the district's standard program. Chapter 1 is introductory. Chapter 2 provides a background sketch of the sample districts. Chapter 3 describes the origins of alternatives, the methods for establishing new programs, the types of educational changes attempted, and the resources made available for implementation. Chapter 4 analyzes a series of management issues in implementing alternatives, comparing the ways in which these four districts handled them. The six issues are assigning staff, providing staff training, allocating facilities, establishing procedures for student selection of programs, providing information to the consumer, and establishing procedures for parental participation. Chapter 5 explores the current status and future prospects of alternatives in each district. Chapter 6 summarizes what has been learned about effective strategies for creating and managing public alternative schools under different types of conditions. An appendix examines the types of excess costs that may be involved. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Nontraditional Education, Organizational Communication, Parent Participation, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Resource Allocation, School Districts, Teacher Placement
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($7.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.