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ERIC Number: ED541828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Central Office Review for Results and Equity. School Communities That Work: A National Task Force on the Future of Urban Districts
Foley, Ellen; Ucelli, Marla
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (NJ1)
School Communities That Work envisions urban education systems in which all schools meet high academic performance standards, with no significant differences in achievement based on race, ethnicity, or family income. Few city school districts currently meet these criteria. Many urban districts face major constraints--such as fiscal instability, difficult politics, and poor labor-management relations--that hamper their efforts to improve student achievement. In some cities, achieving this goal will mean a radical re-visioning of the district, such as breaking it up into smaller districts, moving the central office from service provision to contracting and brokering, or creating networks of autonomous schools. But existing districts can also be redesigned to provide an infrastructure of services, policies, and expectations that support school-level improvements in teaching and learning and that ensure equivalent results across whole systems of schools. To do so will require, among other things, more effective alignment of central office practices, resources, and policies with the varying needs of individual schools in the context of a shared set of teaching and learning priorities. The Central Office Review for Results and Equity is designed to help districts develop overarching policies that allow for variation in implementation according to the varying needs of schools, their staff, and their students. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University Box 1985, Providence, RI 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail: AISR_Info@brown.edu; Web site: http://www.annenberginstitute.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts
Authoring Institution: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University