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ERIC Number: ED308634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Refocusing State Reform: The Tennessee Experience.
Bellon, Jerry J.; And Others
After discussing the need for second-order (or structural) reform and Tennessee's leadership in "first wave" legislation, this paper describes selected aspects of Tennessee reform activities and recent events leading to client-centered control. Tennessee's Better Schools Program, consistent with "first-wave" proposals, emphasized greater control and increased teacher accountability. The program was best known for its career ladder program, which began in 1984 and featured an extended contract program component. A 1987 study of 600 teachers and 100 administrators found that monetary reward was the primary incentive for participating in the career ladder program and that teachers cited more deleterious than beneficial effects of the program. Also, there was little agreement concerning program goals and purposes. The extended contract component suffered from inconsistent funding procedures, lack of agreement concerning alternative routes to career ladder status, and lack of awareness of incentives to enhance teaching and improve the workplace. The 1987 study recommended that future Tennessee reform efforts develop clearly stated goals that are feasible, useful, and beneficial to students. The paper then summarizes some 1988 studies comprising Tennessee's refocused reform efforts. These include studies in teacher evaluation, needs assessment, extended contracts, alternative incentives, and quality of school life. Current status and future research directions are briefly outlined. (50 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee