ERIC Number: ED543838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1958
Reference Count: 0
Organizing Districts for Better Schools: A Summary of School District Reorganization Policies and Procedures. Bulletin, 1958, No. 9
Fitzwater, C. O.
Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
The establishment of soundly organized local districts for administering the schools has long been a major problem in American education. Methods of dealing with this problem have varied greatly ranging from compulsory reorganization of districts by legislative decree to dependence upon highly permissive laws to be used or ignored as local people might desire. For a number of years, however, there has been a wide-spread movement to make permissive-type reorganization methods more effective, especially through establishing state-wide programs for systematic development of redistricting proposals which must then be submitted to the local people concerned for final approval. This movement has also been accompanied with a growing emphasis upon other factors, besides the reorganization legislation itself, which influence the effectiveness of these newer type programs. In order to determine factors which may facilitate the successful operation of such programs, and likewise factors that may hinder their success, a comprehensive study was made of 16 State programs. The results of that study have been reported in considerable detail in an Office of Education publication, "School District Reorganisation Policies and Procedures." (Special Series No. 5, 1957.) This bulletin summarizes the major findings of that report and also includes all of one chapter, "Guideposts for Successful Reorganization Programs." It has been designed particularly for local school officials, planning groups, and lay citizens generally who may find a summarized version of the longer original report more practical for their needs. [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, School Districts, School District Reorganization, State Programs, School Administration, Program Effectiveness, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy
Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Office of Education (ED)