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Schools Adopt "Teacher-Led" Governance Model  Dan Dugan
 Sep 14, 2005 17:22 PDT 

Excerpted from weekly charter school news from
http://www.uscharterschools.org. I expect Waldorf supporters will
claim that they have picked up Steiner's idea, but there's no mention
of Steiner or Waldorf in the papers I checked.

-Dan Dugan

Schools Adopt "Teacher-Led" Governance Model
"Teacher-led" schools that operate without administrators are
increasing in popularity, particularly among small charter schools
sponsored by districts. The teachers make decisions about the
curriculum, the budget, and discipline and conduct peer evaluations.
Often, they come to decisions through discussion and debate, taking a
vote if a consensus is not reached. In Milwaukee, which is a national
leader in the movement toward teacher-led schools, there will be at
least 14 such programs this year. Supporters of the model concede
that it is not for everyone: it requires extra time; will not work if
the teachers don't familiarize themselves with the policies,
procedures and politics; and, it can be difficult to adapt to larger
schools. The effort is "worth it, but the commitment has to be really
strong because there is no punching out at 3 p.m," said Roxanne
Mayeur, a teacher at Community High School in Milwaukee.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (free registration required), (08/01/2005)
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