The Study of the Decision-Making Process of a Large Urban School System: Chicago
Toman, Richard James
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This study of the decision-making process of the Chicago Public Schools is one part of a project covering four large urban school systems. The other three, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Boston were studied by Ron Williams, Tom Silver and Pete Colby, respectively. Our papers are somewhat similarly presented with the first section covering the institution and its legal powers, the make-up of the institution and concluding with a brief history concerning the values of the Chicago Public School system. The section deals with three detailed case studies of decisions that occurred in the system. My three decisions were selected because of their importance in illustrating the influences that occur int he decision-making process. The first, the teaching of Black history, was an explosive issue which concerned students, the community and the teachers. The second, the selection of a school site, illustrates the role of outside professional educators and their influence upon specific elements within the system. The third, a compensatory education program, illustrates a non-volatile issue where the bureaucracy of the decision-making process entered the picture without any real pressure from the environment. The last section deals with the explanation of these decisions relative to several theories of public administration and political science. I will discuss the openness of the Chicago Public School system, the different internal elements and a model of the decision-making process of the system.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.