ERIC Number: ED288249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
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Who Should Control Our Schools: Reassessing Current Policies.
Kirst, Michael W.
This analysis of the changing balance in who controls the schools contends that local authorities have been slowly losing authority to the states. Moreover, within the local districts, the central offices are assuming more control in such matters as curriculum content and state testing programs. The paper begins with an overview of recent governance trends and the underlying reasons for central control. The next section moves to the particular case of increased state and district control of instructional policy and the consequent impact on teacher autonomy and professionalism. The problems of local school boards are highlighted in the next section because school boards are the key legal unit of local governance. The paper concludes with some alternatives for rethinking the balance of control. For example, the final sections address sorting out the responsibilities of each level, including such issues as flexible funds for school improvement and teacher professionalism. Several suggestions are advanced for trading state regulations for local school outcome incentives. Appended are 22 references. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Boards of Education, Centralization, Curriculum, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Organizational Theories, Policy Formation, Politics of Education, Professional Autonomy, School District Autonomy, State School District Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper prepared for the Breckenbridge Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching (Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, August 18-21, 1987).