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ERIC Number: ED477185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Recentralizing Decentralization? Educational Management Organizations and Charter Schools' Educational Programs. Occasional Paper.
Bulkley, Katrina E.
This paper examines ways in which the operation of charter schools by "comprehensive management" educational management organizations (EMOs) influences the decentralized nature of charter schools, particularly in the area of educational issues. It provides a comparative case study of three for-profit EMOs that provide comprehensive management and six of the schools they operate. Based on interviews with principals, board members, teachers, and company staff members, it describes the company's approach to educational issues and the relationship between the company and each school regarding these issues. The analysis compared the designs used by the companies and the influence of the design and overall company approach on the process of developing an educational program for the specific school. The report finds that although the three companies and six charter schools demonstrated a variability of approaches, there were some common threads. Each EMO demonstrated a commitment to school leadership, even when they implemented divergent management techniques, ranging from a top-down approach to more collaborative approaches. For schools, understanding the nature of the designs offered by EMOs and where these designs "sit" can lend important insights into what role the school will play in the educational programs offered. (Contains 50 references.) (RJM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. on Educational Governance, Finance, Policymaking, and Management (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.; Consortium for Policy Research in Education.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.