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SAISD School Closures. Stephanie Phillips Jeff Price Rosa Villarreal Summer 2008. Let’s Get Started…. ACTIVITY. SAISD’s Ethical Issue. Superintendent Duron reccommends several urban Areas SAISD campuses closures SAISD School Consolidation

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SAISD School Closures

Stephanie Phillips

Jeff Price

Rosa Villarreal

Summer 2008


Let’s Get Started…

ACTIVITY


SAISD’s Ethical Issue

Superintendent Duron reccommends several urban Areas SAISD campuses closures

SAISD School Consolidation

The San Antonio Community Speaks out at School Board Meeting


Why now?

  • SAISD Budget Crisis/ Shortfall

    • Several Elementary and Middle schools operating well below capacity

    • Cooper MS has only 300 enrolled (Built for 750)

  • School Closures will save the district $ 6 million

  • Increase Student Performance


Over 2200 elementary and middle school students will be affected.


Ethic of Justice (Shapiro & Stefkovich, 2005)

Justice stresses the notion of equity and equality

Closing the schools will allow for a better use of resources for all students district-wide.


Ethic of Caring (Shapiro & Stefkovich, 2005)

Emphasizes listening to others when making important decisions

  • “He put on the brakes after community members and a district-appointed advisory committee balked at the speed with which he was moving. He slowed down and worked more closely with the committee’ (DeLaRosa, 2008).

    Community meetings were held in which Duron explained the benefits students and parents would receive with the streamlined district


Duron was forced to question the nature of the funding system for public schools. The difficult decision was placed in his hands.

Closing the schools could be seen as a way to make a point about the drastic steps that come in the setting of the current system.

Ethic of Critique(Shapiro & Stefkovich, 2005)


Ethic of Profession (Shapiro & Stefkovich, 2005)

Leader’s professional ethics v. Ethics of the Community

  • Dr. Duron focuses on the long term impact

  • The community’s focus is geared towards maintaining tradition

    "People are tied to their schools. Schools are very important focal points to their neighborhoods," spokeswoman Carmen Vazquez-Gonzalez said. "But the district has got to take another step (Driscoll, 2008).


Q&A


References

DeLaRosa, M. (2008). Little talk on SAISD school closure. From San Antonio Express-News, www.mysanantonio.com

Driscoll, P. (2008). Elementary school’s supporters get loud. From San Antonio Express-News, www.mysanantonio.com

LaCoste-Caputo, J. (2008). SAISD votes to close 6 schools. From San Antonio Express-News, www.mysanantonio.com

Shapiro, J. & Stefkovich J. (2005). Ethic Leadership and Decision Making in Education. 2nd ed.


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