Wednesday, July 16, 2014

'Policy Barriers to School Improvement: What's Real and What's Imagined?'

This Philanthropy News Digest piece highlights CRPE's report on policy barriers to school innovation.

Excerpt from the article:
Despite promising reforms that would give principals more autonomy to improve student learning, some district and state restrictions on resource allocation still pose barriers to school redesign, a report from the Center for Reinventing Public Education finds. Based on interviews with principals in three states, the report, Policy Barriers to School Improvement: What's Real and What's Imagined? (16 pages, PDF), found that while more than two-thirds of the 128 policy barriers the principals cited did not exist in writing or could be circumvented — with waivers, superintendent overrides, or permission through the consent of teachers — nearly one-third were immovable statutes, policies, or managerial directives embedded in centralized budgeting systems, categorical funding, and employment requirements originating from an understandable desire to check corruption, protect the interests of minority groups, and establish minimum quality standards.

Read the full article.