ERIC Number: ED449611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Final Report of the Task Force To Review the Educational Program and the Governance System of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf.
McCarthy, Phillip D.; Ames, Alison L.
This document reports on a state (Maine) legislative task force evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of the educational program and governance system of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf in the context of the range of alternative educational models and placements available. Conclusions and recommendations are organized into the following categories: public policy on delivery of educational programs and services; governance system for the array of instructional programs; and powers and duties of the governing board. Major recommendations include: (1) recognition of the array of programs and services delivered to deaf and hard-of-hearing students in accordance with Federal and State law; (2) compliance with legal requirements and policy standards for educational programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students; (3) participation in and support for newborn screening programs; (4) transition to a redesigned governance system; (5) development of a cohesive program delivery system; (6) development of program placement options and related instructional philosophies; (7) provision of adequate public funds, financial support, and accountability; and (8) restructuring of the governing board. Eleven appendices provide supporting information such as the enabling legislation, task force membership, examples of governance structures, and per pupil costs at the school. (DB)
Descriptors: Deafness, Delivery Systems, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Governance, Governing Boards, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Residential Schools, Special Schools, State Schools, State Standards, Teaching Models
Office of Policy & Legal Analysis, 13 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine State Legislature, Augusta. Office of Policy and Legal Analysis.