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ERIC Number: ED374518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring Schools in Kentucky: Insights from Superintendents.
Murphy, Joseph
This paper presents the insights of superintendents about the school restructuring process in Kentucky and its likely effects. Data were derived from a focus group held with 24 members of the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC), and from a survey of 48 superintendents, of which 35 responded. A majority of respondents expressed widespread frustration with the Kentucky Educational Reform Act of 1990. They were unwilling to wholeheartedly embrace the restructuring agenda for the following reasons: unrealistic expectations, lack of support, the diminishing role of the superintendent, the relinquishing of power to untrained groups, conflicts with the state, and a focus on structure rather than content. If restructuring is to be successful, a number of issues must be addressed. First, there must be across-the-board fidelity to the basic operating philosophy of the prevailing reform ideology. This requires reform through empowerment rather than control. Second, policymakers and administrators need to have realistic expectations of reform. Finally, support must be provided to superintendents so that they can successfully transform their roles. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Leadership, Nashville, TN.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990