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ERIC Number: ED427404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Beyond Legislative Schizophrenia: Sustaining Long-Term Educational Reform and Short-Term Viability.
Trimble, Susan B.; Herrington, Carolyn
This paper examines ways in which the state of Florida addressed and resolved pressures to respond to continuous demands for reform by using new and different reform paths. Florida had committed itself in 1991 to a standards-based reform strategy. This commitment was analyzed during the 1996 election year. For the study, a content analysis of all the substantive (nonfiscal) bills relating to education in 1996 was done to determine if they evidenced a weakening in the state's commitment to a decentralized educational-reform mode or a return to a centralized, top-down approach. The framework for the study distinguished between the foci of control, whether state or local, and the domains of control: standards, accountability/assessment, and operations. Results show that approximately 70 percent of the bill provisions for that year supported the reform intent. Even so, the 1996 legislature did increase the state's authority in three areas of operations--child health and welfare, student behavior, and parental choice--which limited local control. The state was unable to keep from imposing new requirements in direct contradiction to the philosophy of stated reform goals. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida