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ERIC Number: ED189727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jun-21
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Shared Governance of Schools.
Thomas, M. Donald
Shared decision-making can help schools keep sight of their true goals. In the educational sector the conflicts that arise in collective bargaining disputes can be destructive to the organization. Schools require more than the mere coexistence of labor and management. They require cooperation and strong, supportive relationships. To establish a genuine partnership, the superintendent should establish a cabinet including representatives of employee groups. In each school building, the principal should establish a school council to assist with school governance. In Salt Lake City (Utah), the school district has implemented such a system. Administrative agreements between the superintendent and the teachers association specify that each school establish a governance council including both parents and staff. At the district level, decisions are made by a group including the superintendent, staff members, the president and the executive director of the teachers association, the president and the executive director of the administrators association, and the staff coordinator. In addition to adjudicating local decisions, the group makes recommendations on fringe benefits and leave policies, and determines staffing patterns and the allocation of resources. In this city, shared governance has created a strong partnership with parents and teachers. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah