ERIC Number: ED238628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-27
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Changes in Public Schools.
Renewed attention on educational quality is forcing educators to consider experimenting with new organizational structures for achieving public school objectives. Eight recent reports on the state of public precollegiate education in the United States address the need for better educational quality. Although the eight reports vary in emphasis, viewpoint, and recommendations, most discuss the need for improved curricula, standards, teacher quality, and finances in the nation's elementary and secondary schools. Educators can respond to these reports by considering changes in educational organization. Local school districts can be restructured through consolidation or cooperative arrangements to influence the flow of educational resources. Examination of the structure of school and student activities can lead to altering the lockstep approach to the school day, varying time blocks for certain subjects, and improving the use of teacher time. Restructuring the educational professions can build specializations and professional advancement for teachers. The federal government must maintain educational access for minorities while supporting research leading to educational reform. State governments must ensure that state statutes and educational goals work together. State boards of education must ensure high standards. Local school districts must consider innovative and flexible reorganization. A comparison of recommendations from four major reports is included. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Basic Skills, Computer Science Education, Consolidated Schools, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Government School Relationship, Organizational Change, Public Schools, School Districts, School Organization, Small Schools, State Boards of Education, State Government, Teachers
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Coll. of Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Symposium on the Future of Public School Education (Springfield, IL, October 27, 1983).