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ERIC Number: ED527001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov-1
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Empowerment Schools. Luncheon Series
Kane, Kristen
Center for Educational Innovation - Public Education Association
For the past half a century, the New York City public school system has undergone major transformations in its organization. The 1950s and 1960s community control movement led to decentralization of the school system in 1969. The school system broke into 32 community school districts, with superintendents appointed by local community school boards. In the 1990s, a push to recentralize the school system led to passage of legislation that put the power to hire superintendents in the Schools Chancellor's control. Now, the school system is about to undergo another major decentralization by allowing principals to choose the form of support they wish to have for their schools. Unlike previous efforts at decentralization, this new effort focuses on empowering schools rather than a system. Under the new system, principals will be given decision-making power over the organization of the school, staff and schedule, as well as choice over instructional practices, curriculum and professional development, in exchange for greater accountability. On November 1, 2006, Kristen Kane, Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Department of Education (DOE), spoke at the Center for Educational Innovation-Public Education Association (CEI-PEA) luncheon about the first step in this process, the Empowerment Schools program, as well as Chancellor Klein's broader Children First initiative. Drawing from sources as disparate as poet and essayist John Milton and Nobel Prize winning economist Edmund Phelps, Kane outlined the rationale behind the new model of decentralization. Comparing the DOE's effort to the same logic that informs such new economy giants as Google, Kane explained that their initiative is designed to "institutionalize innovation" by "devolving decisions as far down as possible, sharing information, finding what works, replicating it, and building upon it." This paper presents an edited version of her speech.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Educational Innovation - Public Education Association
Identifiers - Location: New York