The management of decline: problems, opportunities, and research questions

by Paul Berman, Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin

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There has been a marked national trend toward decline in school enrollments which has caused a "crisis of decline" in many school districts. This paper explores the issues arising from enrollment decline by examining the economic, political, and social context in which the issues will be resolved. It also outlines alternative school district responses to decline and points out that the key difference in their response is due to their capacity and style of managing change. The authors offer recommendations for a National Institute of Education research agenda on problems of enrollment decline: (1) exploring coordination of municipal and school district planning, and types of regional cooperation; (2) institutionalizing new budgetary procedures; (3) improving training for administrators and teachers; (4) community participation in decisionmaking; (5) impact of teachers' collective bargaining; (6) state financing formulas; and (7) state and federal roles in local education.

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