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ERIC Number: EJ971422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-10
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Empowered or Beleaguered? Principals' Accountability under New York City's Diverse Provider Regime
Shipps, Dorothy
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v20 n1 Jan 2012
By 2008, New York City's school governing regime contained two market-creation policies. Each reshaped principal incentives. One closed large high schools, replacing them with four-to-eight small schools. Another replaced uniform district-provided services with eleven School Support Organizations (SSOs). Both aimed to empower principals with new discretion. This interview study of a small, stratified random sample of high school principals uses mixed methods to analyze 241 incidents detailing their reactions. Guiding questions include whether principals experienced the policies as empowering. Findings show that two thirds of the principals felt beleaguered rather than empowered; incentives appeared insufficient to provide them with unambiguous direction and confidence in their own decisions. The study concludes by considering what additional resources might be needed to expand the one third who felt empowered into a majority. (Contains 8 tables and 22 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York