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ERIC Number: ED457556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Private School Administration: A New Challenge for Graduate Training Programs.
Ross, Marie Ducote; Growe, Roslin
Although the majority of school administrators in the United States are employed by their states, a growing number are needed to run institutions in the private sector. As demand for private- and parochial-school education increases, so too will demand for those trained to run them. Universities ignore differences between public- and private-school administration and teach only to those destined for public-school service. This article explores the inherent differences between public and private schools and asserts that private-school administrators are faced with unique challenges that differ significantly from their public counterparts and for which they have had no preservice training. A few differences include the private-school principal having greater authority over school activities, greater control over hiring and firing of teachers, and jurisdiction over the entire school budget for every aspect of the school's function. It is suggested that universities begin considering alternatives to cookie-cutter training programs and offer more appropriate opportunities for the aspiring private-school administrator, such as courses that explore school and community relations, business finance rather than school finance, and law for private schools. (Contains 15 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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