ERIC Number: ED306669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Reform: The Need To Redefine State-Local Governance of Schools. Policy Issues.
Timar, Thomas B.
This document examines recent state school reform efforts from two perspectives: the strategies states adopt to improve educational excellence and the influence those strategies have on the functional dimensions of education policy. The paper reports the research findings of a study that examined state reform strategies nationally. The study identified three distinct strategies: (1) rational planning; (2) free market; and (3) political interaction. These strategies are represented by Texas, California, and South Carolina, respectively. School reform in Texas shows that rational planning and regulation are inappropriate policy instruments for achieving educational excellence. California illustrates the impotence of a permissive, decentralized strategy. School reform in South Carolina, in contrast, aims at improving the organizational competence of schools. (Author/SI)
Descriptors: Decentralization, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Politics of Education, Public Schools, School Organization, State School District Relationship
Publications, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 ($4.50 prepaid).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: California; Texas