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Reimagining the Central Office

Reimagining the Central Office

(p.77) 6 Reimagining the Central Office
A Democratic Constitution for Public Education
Paul T. HillAshley E. Jochim
University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes how the work of the central office will change from a bureaucracy designed to administer many functions and serve many masters to a more strategic and streamlined agency. The central office's core responsibility is overseeing and managing the district's portfolio of autonomous schools. This involves new duties and the termination of control functions incompatible with school autonomy and performance accountability. The chapter describes how other central office functions would change, including the services that would be performed by independent service providers via contracting by the central office or schools.

Keywords:   central office, bureaucracy, management, contracting, oversight, portfolio management

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