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ERIC Number: ED456549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Autonomous School Development: A Challenge for Everyone Involved.
Pol, Milan; Rabusicova, Milada
The transition of the Czech school system from a centralized system to one where schools enjoy greater autonomy has not been smooth. Educators and administrators need to learn new skills in interacting with parents, community, and each other in an educational system that is becoming more decentralized. Several surveys were conducted to characterize this transition. This report describes new and problematic developments in the Czech educational system, such as the formation of school boards and boards of governors. School boards, meant to represent local communities, parents, and educators, appear to be too far from schools, too slow to react, and unable to play an important role in the system. Boards of governors, intended to evaluate school activity, develop the school's contact with the community, and defend the interests of the pupils, lack support from central, regional, and local governing bodies, which have adopted a "let's wait and see what happens" attitude. Communication problems need to be resolved at all levels of the educational system; accountability procedures need to be established at all levels; and trust needs to be established between parents and school personnel. Autonomous school development, only recently started in the Czech Republic, needs constant attention to take root. (Contains 11 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic