ERIC Number: ED319109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Employee Participation Programs: Considerations for the School Site. Studies in Collective Bargaining.
National Education Association, Washington, DC. Research Div.
Site-based decisionmaking programs offer important opportunities for school systems; however, the risks involved are significant and the decision to embrace the concept at the local level is a highly complex one. With site-based decisionmaking programs, teachers are directly involved in making decisions that affect the whole school, not merely their individual classrooms. Thinking in both the private sector and in the education community suggests that organizational effectiveness is enhanced when employees responsible for implementing decisions are given some measure of authority in their creation. This publication examines: (1) the history of employee participation programs in America; (2) the use of site-based decisionmaking programs in public education; (3) the potential advantages and disadvantages of employee decisionmaking participation programs for local school districts; (4) the relationship of site-based decisionmaking programs to the collective bargaining process; (5) the legality of site-based employee participation programs; and (6) practical suggestions for deciding when to introduce site-based decisionmaking programs and how to structure them. Also provided are examples of employee participation programs in education from Denver, Seattle, Fairfax County (Virginia), Florida, Iowa, and Indiana. (61 references) (KM)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Organizational Development, Participative Decision Making, School Administration, School Based Management, Teacher Participation, Teamwork
NEA Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Research Div.