ERIC Number: ED341142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Decision Making and School Improvement. LSCs in the First Two Years of Reform.
Easton, John Q., Ed.; And Others
Arising from the first 2 years of a 5-year project studying Chicago school reform, this report analyzes local school council meetings, principal evaluation and selection, and school improvement plans in 14 sample schools. Findings are based on observing 177 council meetings during 1990-91, interviewing principals and Professional Personnel Advisory Committee chairpersons, and reviewing the schools' improvement plans. The first section describes the workings of the 14 councils. As a group, the parent and community members comprising the councils were relatively well educated, had significant prior experience as school or community volunteers, and participated regularly. The local school councils considered about 10 different topics at each meeting, focusing on administrative and budgetary concerns. The second section, devoted to the principal evaluation and selection process, examines three cases: a council that retained its incumbent principal, a council that hired a new principal, and a third council that did not rehire its incumbent principal and was unable to hire a new one. The third section, devoted to analyzing school improvement plans, describes teacher participation in developing plans and the extent that the plans promote instructional change. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Panel on Public School Policy and Finance, IL.