ERIC Number: ED443912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
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Recentralization or Strategic Management? A New Governance Model for the New York City Public Schools. Occasional Paper No. 1.
Bloomfield, David C.; Cooper, Bruce S.
In 1996, the New York State legislature passed a new statute that significantly alters the organization and governance of the New York City Public Schools. The Act weakens the authority of the (decentralized) community school boards, giving the chief executive officer, the schools' Chancellor, more latitude and responsibility for hiring, evaluating, training, transferring, and firing community superintendents and the authority to remove or supersede elected community school boards or individual board members. This paper explores whether this is just a swing in the pendulum from decentralized to recentralized, or whether something more profound, the introduction of strategic management, has happened, making the system more flexible and performance-driven. Closely examining the provisions of the statute, the paper suggests that the new powers of the Chancellor introduce a shift from procedural controls to the key elements of strategic management, constituting a change in urban school governance. The new statute grants the Chancellor and others throughout the system the discretionary authority and resources to attain qualitative outcomes. The Act should be regarded as a blueprint for system-wide empowerment, rather than the establishment of a benevolent dictatorship. (Contains 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.