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Educating New York City: Does School-Based Management Have What it Takes?

Author(s): Fernandez, Nelson; Larin, Kathy; Hayashi, Kei

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Abstract: This paper examines the contribution that school-based management and shared decision-making (SBM/SDM) can make to New York City's education system. We review the theoretical literature on education reform in general and on school-based management/shared decision-making in particular. We then examine implementation of SBM/ SDM, focusing on the administrative and bureaucratic constraints of the New York City educational system. The experiences of two schools under the reform serve as case studies. We find SBM/SDM can offer limited educational improvements for New York City, but does not solve the problems of a defective incentive structure. In addition, we found that it does not transfer any real power to the schools. In the absence of more radical education reform, however, SBM/SDM can offer an improvement over the present system.
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 117-137
Type of Material: Journal Article
Series/Report no.: Volume 2;
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Public and International Affairs
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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