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ERIC Number: EJ994934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
Autonomy and Pluralism in the Education System: A Case Study of Spanish Public Schools in the International Context
Sancho Gargallo, Miguel Angel
Journal of School Choice, v7 n1 p61-87 2013
As governments strive to improve outcomes in education, and respond to the needs of an ever more diverse population, autonomy has gained increased prominence in national and international spheres. In the context of education, autonomy refers to the decision-making capacity of a school, and to the manner and areas over which those decisions can be made. In this case study of the Spanish education system and policies, we examine the level of autonomy of public schools, producing insights applicable far beyond this country. We conduct a scrutiny of Constitutional, regulative, and international frameworks, as well as an examination of the latest figures from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development education indicators (with special focus on Spain and the United States). The data that emerges suggests that despite general declarations of autonomy, schools are granted very little decision-making capacity in practice. Regional decentralization of the system has not translated to the delegation of enough competences to schools, particularly in the areas of personal and resource management. (Contains 3 figures and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain