Posted on: May 03, 2002 at 1:12 PM
We have recently been giving a lot of thought to the role of the district in school reform, in addition to the role of the school. In large districts, it is frequently unclear just what the role of district personnel is in school reform. With an emphasis these days on school-based reform (where, I believe, actual changes finally must and do get made), the role of the district is less clear. In some of our work, we have come to think that the district must see itself as a service agency for schools rather than just a management and accountability agent. What should be the role of the district in school reform?