ERIC Number: ED263683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
One School at a Time. School Based Management: A Process for Change.
Marburger, Carl L.
This book is an introduction and guide to school-based management, a decentralized form of organization in which decisions that have traditionally been made by a superintendent or school board are made by the local school. Chapter 1 provides an overview of decision-making in public school systems starting with a brief history of the trend toward centralization and describing the typical roles and influence of the superintendent, the local school board, the principal, teacher organizations, and parents or citizens. Chapter 2 provides the basic rationale for school-based management: when those who are affected by decisions share in making those decisions, better decisions are made. Chapter 3 defines school based management as a process of reorganizing the school's decision-making structure to allow for input from all affected constituencies. Chapter 4 explores the school-based management council as a mechanism for implementing decentralized management. Issues discussed include membership, size, selection process, selection of community members, relations with the school board and superintendent, principal role, and council procedures. Chapter 5 discusses how to get started, and includes a list of problems and hazards in the start-up process. A brief conclusion summarizes the argument of the book as a whole: that school-based management is not a panacea but a process of educational renewal. References are included. (TE)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Advisory Committees, Community Control, Decentralization, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Governing Boards, Institutional Autonomy, Participative Decision Making, Power Structure, School Administration, School Based Management, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Citizens in Education, Columbia, MD.
Note: Financial support provided by Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation.