The School Administrator

March 1998Leveraging Group DecisionsThe realities of decentralized decisions and how they can work

Features

  • Harsh Realities About Decentralized Decision Making

    by JERRY PATTERSON


    The author of Coming Clean About Organizational Change serves up some strategies for bettering the odds of success when decisions are made by those at the site level. Also: Resolving the issues of power and control in a decentralized system. Jerry Patterson is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.

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  • Ready, Set, Decide!

    by PETER FLYNN


    The superintendent in Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, Ky., discusses how the central office can help prepare school-based councils to make their own decisions. Also: How to respond to the naysayers.

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  • A World Apart: Decision Making in the Public and Private Sectors

    by ROBERT R. SPILLANE and PAUL REGNIER


    School system leaders have a duty to teach the distinctions between decision making in public education and the business world. Robert Spillane, former superintendent in Fairfax County, Va., and 1996 National Superintendent of the Year, is regional education officer for Europe with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools, Arlington, Va. Paul Regnier is director of publications, Fairfax County, Va., Public Schools.

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  • Standards Set: So What Now?

    by JOHN MURPHY and DENIS DOYLE


    Measuring performance and applying consequences for failure is the task at hand once educational standards are in place. John Murphy is president of Education Partners Inc., Boca Raton, Fla. Denis Doyle is an educational consultant in Chevy Chase, Md.

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  • Anatomy of an Educational Failure

    by EMILIE M. LONARDI


    One central-office administrator’s perspective of how fear of change and a community’s complacency doomed a high school’s plans to modify its instructional schedule. Emilie M. Lonardi is assistant superintendent of the West York Area School District, York, Pa.

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Profile

    Harold D. Guthrie by JAY P. GOLDMAN


    Superintendent, Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas


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    Departments

    Focus

    Performance Incentives Can Spark Greater Productivity by DAN R. DODDS



    Superintendent, Atascadero Unified School District, Atascadero, Calif.

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    Guest Column

    Site-Based Councils: Engines ... or Brakes? by MARC TUCKER and JUDY CODDING


    President and vice president for programs respectively, National Center on Education and the Economy, Washington, D.C.

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    President's Corner

    Two Brief Moments Define What’s Important by Karl V. Hertz



    President, AASA

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    Guest Column

    Hope for Those Who Want to ‘Do the Right Thing’ by MAK MITCHELL


    Principal, ARMAK and Associates, Seattle, Wash.

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    Guest Column

    Responding to the Rhetoric of the Radical Right by DOUGLAS REEVES



    Director, Center for Performance Assessment, Denver, Colo.

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