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ERIC Number: ED436823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
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School Board Chair Understandings about School Restructuring in North Carolina: Implications for Policy.
Keedy, John L.; Freeman, Eric
This paper reports on a study that investigated how local school board chairs (N=16) in North Carolina framed school restructuring. It examines major problems awaiting to be addressed in public education and discusses what board members can do to create the conditions under which schools help students become productive citizens. Data collected through interviews and state documents were analyzed inductively. Findings show that decentralization and state-education agency downsizing translated into autonomy and responsibility for local decision making. These two realities were positioned within a perspective that the state bureaucracy had not improved schools to the satisfaction of their customers, mainly parents and business leaders. These chairs sensed that schooling must be done differently. However, as the external buffering of the state-education agency evaporated, local boards by default became the decision makers and policy setters in an increasingly turbulent environment. Subsequently, these chairs were ambivalent about decentralization, which was perceived as providing little cohesive direction. School restructuring emerged as a vague, broadly cast dissatisfaction with the status quo. Only 5 of the 16 chairs expressed a systemic perspective grounded in a critique of traditional U.S. schooling. As downsizing continues, local boards will find themselves playing the unaccustomed role of major policy setters. (Contains 32 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina