ERIC Number: ED339105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Keeping the Promises of Reform: A State Strategy. Restructuring the Education System Series.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Following a "dear colleagues" letter from John R. McKernan, Jr., Governor of Maine and 1991-92 chairman of the Education Commission of the States, a strategy is outlined that will help educational reformers to approach restructuring from varying perspectives and improve its chances for success. Several fundamental principles underlie successful strategies. They are based on the premises that: all children can learn; fundamental change is needed; no single policy change will transform the system; and the education system must be able to analyze and continually improve itself. Obstacles to reform are identified and the actions that constitute a comprehensive strategy for change are outlined. These include providing for continued leadership, setting a vision of a system that holds high expectations for learning, translating the vision into policy and practice, realigning the state system to support the new vision, and focusing on results. (RR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, School Based Management, School District Autonomy, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Restructuring
Distribution Center, Education Commission of the States, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202 (No. SI-91-2; $4.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.