ERIC Number: ED423591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Principal Perceptions of Restructuring: Is There a "Deal" between Districts and Schools?
This study examines restructuring from principals' perspectives. It explores restructuring as a "deal" between a district and individual schools, wherein the school receives greater autonomy over budgets, personnel, and school policies, in return for stricter accountability for results, usually defined in terms of student achievement. The study tried to determine whether this conception of restructuring, based on the literature and district policies, matches principals' own perceptions. Two rounds of interviews were conducted with 12 high-school principals in an urban midwestern district implementing school-based management and enhanced accountability systems. District documents served as secondary data sources. Despite the introduction of site-based management, nine principals did not see their district as an example of "the deal," as there was no real autonomy at the school level. Several principals argued that the district was unwilling to grant "real power" to the schools. Three principals did see their district as moving toward a deal. Nine believed that the deal was fair in theory, so long as schools had real autonomy and adequate resources. Two principals felt that schools should be monitored closely by the central office. Included are one table, one figure, and eight references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Philadelphia, PA.