ERIC Number: ED438590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
K-12 Master Plan: Starting the Process.
This Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) report was designed to assist the California legislature in developing a long-term state strategy--or master plan--for improving the state's K-12 education system. A K-12 master plan would serve two purposes. In developing the plan, the legislature would create a forum to review the state's existing policies. Once developed, the plan would then function as a reference point, guiding future decisions of the legislature and the executive branch. The document examines the need for a master plan and outlines the lessons learned from research. It offers a brief history of school governance, detailing the impact of the state's Constitution, state involvement since 1965, and current education statutes. The text explores constitutional issues in K-12 governance, such as the roles of the state superintendent and the state board. Various issues, such as the critical impact of the school site, are examined, followed by the LAO guidelines on governance and finance. The report closes with an analysis of the state role under a local-control policy, local roles under a local-control policy, and strategies for implementing the master plan. Suggested changes include the strengthening of school boards, increasing local flexibility, and giving districts control over school finance. (Contains 34 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Long Range Planning, School Policy, State Action, Strategic Planning
For full text: http://www.lao.ca.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Legislative Analyst's Office, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California