ERIC Number: ED205625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Teacher Personnel Policies: A Case of Inappropriate Means to Appropriate Ends.
Fenstermacher, Gary D.
The process of making and implementing coherent teacher personnel policies is compounded by complex interactions among Federal, State, and local agencies. On first view, it appears these interactions are what impede rational policy initiatives in the teacher personnel area. However, it is not so much the interactions as the way in which policy is typically implemented across the several levels of government that impede such initiatives. The demands of higher government agencies for strict compliance, accompanied by mandated evaluations, frequently produce consequences that are the antithesis of those the policy intends and that may result in miseducative endeavors at the local level. The local option alternative and the educative alternative to the compliance approach may yield better educational results for local schools while simultaneously achieving the larger aims of Federal and State policy efforts. The attainment of these results is more likely if operational policies for teaching personnel are kept to an essential minimum. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
Note: Paper prepared for the Midwest Policy Seminar (St. Louis, MO, October 15-17, 1980). Seminar convened by the Urban Education Program, CEMREL, Inc. For related documents, see UD 021 089 and UD 021 101.