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ERIC Number: ED346598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Deregulated Schools: A Research Summary of Educational Reform in South Carolina.
Flanigan, J. L.; And Others
In 1989, South Carolina passed the Flexibility Through Desegregation Program as a means to provide exemptions from state oversight to those schools that had demonstrated sustained improvement. The first section of this paper provides an overview of educational improvement legislation enacted in South Carolina, specifically, the deregulated schools program that was implemented as part of Target 2000. The second section presents findings of a study that examined the perceptions of administrators in deregulated schools, focusing on how the schools reacted to the opportunity for innovation. A survey of 92 principals of elementary, middle, and high schools with deregulated status yielded 48 responses, a 52 percent return rate. Principals reported that the program provided greater flexibility for their schools, but had not affected their instructional programs or academic performance. Rather than being innovative, the schools have remained traditional, choosing to continue the policies that helped them achieve deregulated status. The recommendation is made to reexamine the incentive system provided to deregulated schools. Three tables are included. (17 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina