ERIC Number: ED473123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
From Governance to Accountability: Building Relationships That Make Schools Work. Policy Report.
Mediratta, Kavitha; Fruchter, Norman
This paper argues for creating the kind of accountability that will help New York City's lowest performing schools by developing mechanisms to improve the school system's transparency and by increasing parent and community access, representation, and power in schools and districts. Part 1, "Governance Reform Alone Won't Improve Our Schools," focuses on the fact that previous governance reforms have failed to connect schools and communities (community control and decentralization, the 1996 reform, and centralizing power in 2002); schools improve through local action, not top-down mandates; and the limitations of parent associations in low performing schools. Part 2, "Creating New Relationships between Our Schools and Our Communities," discusses four indicators of community accountability (transparency, representation, power, and oversight). Part 3, "Implementing Community Accountability in New York City's Schools," presents steps for implementing community accountability and offers indicators of effective implementation. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Low Achievement, Parent Participation, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Education and Social Policy.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)