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Empowered Or Beleaguered? Principals’ Accountability Under New York City’s Diverse Provider Regime

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Published: 2012-01-10

Author

Dorothy Shipps

Retired Professor

Keywords: administrator responsibility; governance; policy analysis; urban programs

Abstract

By 2008, New York City’s school governing regime contained two market-creation policies. Each reshaped principal incentives. One closed large high schools, replacing them with four-to-eight small schools. Another replaced uniform district-provided services with eleven School Support Organizations (SSOs). Both aimed to empower principals with new discretion. This interview study of a small, stratified random sample of high school principals uses mixed methods to analyze 241 incidents detailing their reactions. Guiding questions include whether principals experienced the policies as empowering. Findings show that two thirds of the principals felt beleaguered rather than empowered; incentives appeared insufficient to provide them with unambiguous direction and confidence in their own decisions. The study concludes by considering what additional resources might be needed to expand the one third who felt empowered into a majority.



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Author Biography

Dorothy Shipps

Retired Professor

Retired as Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Education from Baruch College, CUNY

 

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Published: 2012-01-10

How to Cite

Shipps, D. (2012). Empowered Or Beleaguered? Principals’ Accountability Under New York City’s Diverse Provider Regime. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 20, 1. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v20n1.2012