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ERIC Number: ED417480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Site-Based Decision-Making: Achieving a New Level of Professionalism.
Bernal, Ernesto M.
This paper addresses briefly the responsibilities which site-based decision-making (S-B D-M) imply and presents the many opportunities to innovate collaboratively as a way to achieve greater professionalism. Texas' Senate Bill 1 (199) and House Bill 2885 (1991) set into motion two important aspects of educational reform, the decentralization of the Texas Education Agency's supervisory/compliance power to permit greater flexibility to response at the local level, and the authorization for local education agencies to conduct site-based management. As with any educational innovation, S-B D-M requires training effort, and time to implement well. Some schools who rushed into S-B D-M assumed that they could do whatever they wanted, while other schools merely allowed the principal to dominate the work of classroom teachers. The essence of S-B D-M is school-level autonomy plus participating decision-making. Minimally the site plan must include: collaborative goal setting; curriculum; staffing; budget development; program implementation; and evaluation. S-B D-M is not a panacea, but it is an attempt to reform and improve education for creating empowered and collaborative groups of reflective practitioners in the schools. (Author/RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas