ERIC Number: ED243619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating Inter-District Cooperation.
Schmidt, Gene L.
After an introductory section which points out that the responsibility of small and rural schools is to provide all children with a quality education, and that Boards of Education must decide what is best for all children in the community, the paper briefly describes 16 exemplary programs involving cooperation between school districts. The necessity for small school systems to overcome their reluctance (often due to squabbling over locus of decision-making control) to join in regional and cooperative programs is noted. Cooperative sharing of programs, students, and teachers in districts in New York, Minnesota, and Alabama is discussed. Three major tasks for the 1980's, critical to solving problems of rural schools and small districts, are stated: basic research on small school problems, practices, and unique features; curriculum and program development that builds on these features; and elaboration and instrumentation of models for funding and regulating small schools. Lists of 24 strengths, 14 reasons for problems in meeting student needs, and 11 conditions for effective organizations to blend sharing and smallness are provided. Conclusions indicate that organizational arrangements in leadership within cooperative systems themselves are more critical to survival or death of the cooperative programs than environmental conditions within organizations. (MH)
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Community Influence, Cooperative Programs, Decision Making, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Gifted, Needs Assessment, Organizational Effectiveness, Policy Formation, Regional Cooperation, Regional Programs, Relevance (Education), Rural Education, Rural Schools, Shared Services, Small Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Rural Schools Program Conference and The Council on Rural Education (4th, Ithaca, New York, July 17-19, 1983).