ERIC Number: ED094082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Metropolitan Schools: Administrative Decentralization vs. Community Control.
Ornstein, Allan C.
This book is divided into four chapters. The first examines the concepts and issues related to understanding social systems and how the schools can be viewed as a social system. The differences between centralization and decentralization, as well as systems-analysis and management-control approaches are also explored. In the next chapter, we are concerned with the research on administrative decentralization, community participation, and community control. Special emphasis is placed on the problems of the research and how it may be improved. Chapter 3 examines the administrative-community plans of 16 medium-sized school systems; the data are based on a survey for this book. Each school system is introduced by supplying general facts and figures pertaining to the size of the system, the student racial composition, the methods of selecting board of education members, the system's reading levels, and the system's financial situation. The discussion then proceeds to the system's reorganizational plans, wherever such plans have been implemented or are in the process of implementation. The final chapter consists of a detailed case study of the Detroit and New York City school systems; these two school systems are the only ones where some form of community control has been legally enacted with specific guidelines. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Control, Community Involvement, Decentralization, Educational Administration, Governance, Research Methodology, Research Problems, School Community Relationship, Social Systems, Surveys, Systems Approach, Urban Schools
The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 52 Liberty Street, P. O. Box 656, Metuchen, New Jersey 08840 ($7.50)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; New York