ERIC Number: ED306633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring in Progress: Lessons from Pioneering Districts. Results in Education Series.
David, Jane L.; And Others
As part of its school restructuring work with states, the National Governors' Association commissioned the Center for Policy Research on Education to conduct case studies of several local school districts experimenting with new structural arrangements. This case study is based on visits to four such districts: Jefferson County Schools (Louisville, Kentucky); Dade County Public Schools (Miami, Florida); Poway Unified School District (Poway, California); and New Orleans Public Schools (Louisiana). The first chapter describes how each district is restructuring its system. The Jefferson system exemplifies a change approach in an urban setting centered about professional development and increased resources for school staff. Poway exemplifies a suburban system that has empowered teachers by decentralizing most district functions to its schools. Dade County represents a district shifting to school-based management and shared decision-making in the nation's fourth largest school system. The New Orleans system demonstrates how a creative partnership with an advocacy group can facilitate new roles and models for structural change. The chapter closes by summarizing pioneering efforts of five other districts in California, Ohio, Indiana, New York State and New York City. The second chapter analyzes some common problems in approaching structural change and explains how some districts have overcome barriers. The final chapter summarizes district initiatives and discusses implications for state actions. If states do not act to support and reinforce district goals and actions, schools will be trapped by conflicting expectations and be unable to change. Included are 12 references. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Participative Decision Making, School Based Management, School Districts, School Organization, State Action
Publications, National Governors' Association, 444 N. Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20001 ($7.50 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.; Center for Policy Research in Education.