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ERIC Number: ED315381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-1
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Phase III: Where Do We Go From Here?
Sutton, James H.
Iowa has implemented educational reform by providing state financing without state mandates. This paper describes the achievements of Iowa's decentralized educational reform effort. Phase I of the reform effort provided salary relief to the beginning teacher, Phase II provided salary relief for the experienced teacher, and Phase III linked future salary relief to educational reform in such areas as performance based compensation and supplementary student-centered activities. The paper's three sections offer (1) a definition of Phase III; (2) a discussion of its specific achievements; and (3) a consideration of future steps. It is concluded that the "bottom up" approach to reform has built trust, promoted innovation, engendered diversity, raised salaries, and provided many worthwhile programs for students. However, it has not yet integrated its innovations in ways which promote systemic change at the building level. The ultimate success of Phase III will depend upon the ability of major stakeholders to provide support and leadership for comprehensive, interactive changes in school buildings. Central to this goal is the availability of additional time for teachers to participate in the demands of shared governance which systemic change will require. Time can be provided only if additional state support is sequestered as a restricted fund. This resource should be allocated to buildings and administered by building-level committees of teachers and administrators. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa