ERIC Number: ED315265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Organization of Education. Working Papers 1 and 2.
Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul. Research Dept.
Based on statewide surveys of school superintendents, these two papers examine cooperation in the organization of Minnesota school districts, concentrating on cooperative arrangements between two or more districts tailored to meet those districts' needs. Such cooperation includes efforts ranging from sharing instructional technology to sharing entire grades. Most common types of sharing involve sharing teachers, athletic/extracurricular programs and facilities, or equipment. The least common types of cooperation are sharing grades and sharing administrators. Districts use cooperation primarily at the secondary level, reflecting the needs of these students for more choice in courses, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Small rural districts have the highest participation levels in every type of cooperation except instructional technology. Most districts use cooperation to maintain or expand curriculum, but it may also help manage low and declining enrollments, reduce costs, save schools, avoid consolidation, and maintain autonomy. Cooperation can effectively ameliorate all these problems. But cooperation between large and small districts can be difficult, governance can be cumbersome, and administration can be difficult and impractical. Parents and the community are often the greatest impediment to cooperation, but a strong public relations program can swing opinion toward cooperation. If students are pleased with the results, even skeptical parents will become supporters. (DHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul. Research Dept.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota