ERIC Number: ED424669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Funding Comprehensive School Reform. Rand Issue Paper.
Keltner, Brent R.
Comprehensive school reform is a type of reform process directed at primary and secondary education that relies on the simultaneous change of all elements of a school's operating environment aligned with a central, guiding vision. This new approach was developed in response to the growing dissatisfaction with the traditional piecemeal reform, which focuses on isolated educational gaps. Analysis of data from 55 New American Schools currently implementing comprehensive reform identified several advantages of comprehensive reform. These are mainly that the fragmentation associated with traditional single-focused reform is avoided, the schools have access to reform models developed by designers for K-12 schools, and these designs bring with them a clear blueprint for changing a school's curriculum and instructional practice. Critical questions concerning resource requirements and the role of the school districts are also discussed, though the primary focus is that of funding sources. The most significant source described is the Obey-Porter legislation, which promises financial support to most Title I schools of up to $50,000 a year for 3 years. An appendix details the research methodology of the resource analysis described in the report. (JMD)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Public Schools, Resource Allocation
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