ERIC Number: ED350774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Issues & Options in Restructuring Schools and Special Education Programs.
McLaughlin, Margaret J.; Warren, Sandra Hopfengardner
This document examines the restructuring of local schools and how restructuring can involve students with disabilities and the special education programs that serve them. The document is designed to create awareness of the issues related to restructuring and programs for students with disabilities and puts forth options for reconsidering and restructuring special education programs. The issues and the options are summarized within five critical areas: (1) develop a clear vision and mission for education that includes all students; (2) establish a system of accountability for all educational programs; (3) create an organization that supports the mission of restructuring; (4) change what schools teach and how they teach it; and (5) create supports for staff development and staff renewal. The options for developing a clear vision include establishment of a unified system, inclusive or heterogeneous schools, or a separate program identity with a continuum of placements. Establishing a system of accountability involves the option of developing unified outcomes or differentiated outcomes. Two options for creating an organization that supports the restructuring mission include centralized administration of programs and services or school-based management of programs. Schools could change what they teach and how they teach it by offering a unified curriculum or by offering separate or alternative curricula. Staff development in a restructured workplace is recommended to support staff renewal. Each policy option is accompanied by specific policy strategies, examples, and implications for adoption. (JDD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Curriculum, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Mission, Organizational Development, Role of Education, School Restructuring, Special Education, Staff Development, Teaching Methods
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($10).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Inst. for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth.