Detroit School-Empowerment Plan Suffers Setbacks

Bradley, Ann
April 1993
Education Week;4/21/1993, Vol. 12 Issue 30, p5
This article reports that the Detroit Board of Education's plan to empower schools to manage their own affairs is proceeding slowly. The board of education aims to establish 45 empowered schools by the end of the current academic year. Superintendent Deborah McGriff and members of the board say that the target is unlikely to be met. Penny Bailer, a member of the board, said that there is a strong majority for reform, even among the new board members. Under the empowerment plan, schools receive 92 percent of the district's per-student spending and are free to manage their own operations, including buying services from outside vendors.


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