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ERIC Number: ED461149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 105
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School Councils' Perceptions of Site-Based Decision Making: Challenges and Benefits.
Southard, Margarida; Muldoon, John; Porter, Phyllis; Hood, Dwight
In 1990, the Leon County Public Schools (FL) implemented a voluntary school-based, decision-making (SBDM) council. This paper presents findings of an evaluation of the SBDM system in the school district conducted after 5 years of activity. Data were obtained from interviews with 61 principals and 34 site-council chairs and from a survey of 206 out of 1,104 former members of school councils. The majority of respondents viewed shared decision making as a means for empowering and involving stakeholders and for developing feelings of ownership. Most council decisions involved the budget and curriculum. Overall, respondents expressed a high level of satisfaction with the SBDM process. However, three-fourths of the respondents commented on barriers that impeded success: lack of time; the principals' difficulties in assuming new leadership roles; and the need for continuous staff inservice, increased representation from different groups, and clarity about the SBDM Central Council and its relationship with the local councils. Six recommendations are included. Copies of the interview protocol, survey, and survey results are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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