ERIC Number: ED357429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Local School Council Governance: The Third Year of Chicago School Reform.
Easton, John Q.; And Others
This report proposes a new framework for understanding the different governance approaches taken by Local School Councils (LSCs) throughout the Chicago Public Schools, based on data collected during the 1991-92 school year. Meeting supervisors covered 155 council meetings at 14 randomly selected, representative schools, and interviewed principals, LSC chairpersons, and other key school community members. The framework identifies and describes four LSC school governance approaches: limited, moderate, balanced, and excessive. The four categories encapsulated some perceived general LSC involvement patterns and seemed congruent with two other variables--participation and motions. The limited-governance LSCs had low member participation and made very few motions during their 1991-92 meetings. Moderate-governance LSCs had medium participation and motion rates, very cordial relations with school staff, and efficiently run meetings dominated by the principal. The balanced-governance councils had moderately high scores on both variables, were true leaders in their schools, and took stands on community issues. The excessive-governance LSCs had high participation rates, made more motions than other councils, and ran antagonistic, numerous, and lengthy meetings. Balanced governance, a style requiring shared leadership, mutual respect, and a strong commitment from all LSC members, describes councils that have assumed the most effective roles in school policy making. Included are several figures, sidebars, and an executive summary. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Panel on Public School Policy and Finance, IL.