ERIC Number: ED369157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring Schools: Exploring School-Based Management and Empowerment Issues. A National Perspective.
Policy Briefs, n12 1990
School-based management and teacher empowerment are consistent elements of school restructuring efforts nationwide. These developments have grown out of frustration over the failure of centralized efforts to significantly improve schools and increase support for individual empowerment. Teacher empowerment is based on four assumptions: (1) classroom decisions are best made by those most knowledgeable about the students affected; (2) classroom decisions should be made by those responsible for implementation and accountability; (3) centralized decisions deprive teachers of the opportunity to make professional judgments; and (4) teachers should have more input in defining their profession. School-based management assumes that school staff, primarily teachers, are the best situated to make decisions that will affect the classroom. School-based management also can improve teachers' feelings of professionalism and connection to restructuring efforts. However, educators and community members newly involved in school-based management may have differing and conflicting ideas and may lack the necessary knowledge base. School restructuring efforts and future plans are included for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Commentaries are included by Robert M. McClure, National Center for Innovation, National Education Association; and Nancy Truelson, North Olmstead City Schools, Ohio. Contact addresses for seven state education departments are included. (Contains 11 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.