ERIC Number: ED456534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-24
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Comprehensive School Reform and School-Based Budgeting in New Jersey.
Goertz, Margaret E.
In 1998, the New Jersey Supreme Court directed schools in 30 poor urban districts to adopt a comprehensive school reform program by the 2000-2001 academic year. Part of this program involved delegating resource-allocation decisions to the school level, thereby increasing schools' effectiveness and productivity by bringing the perspectives of parents and school personnel into the decision-making process. A study was done to examine the implementation and consequences of school-based budgeting in the first 2 years of whole-school reform (1998-99 and 1999-2000). Schools were sampled in two reform cohorts: 32 schools in Cohort One, 26 schools in Cohort Two. School, district, and state department of education personnel were interviewed (approximately 280 individuals); questionnaires were sent to all teachers in the 57 study schools; and school-based budgets were collected to provide information. The study showed that reform implementation was conducted poorly because of unrealistic budget submission deadlines, inconsistent communication between school and state levels, insufficient information and training from the state, and micromanagement by the state. State micromanagement limited the schools' flexibility to allocate resources to meet student needs. The growing state role in school reform raises long-term questions about who is, and who should be, responsible for making fiscal decisions. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey