Examines the reform of the Seattle Public Schools from 1995 to 2002. To initiate the reform in 1995, presented the district John Stanford, an army general and Joseph Olchefske, an investment banker, as superintendent of the district and Chief Financial Officer, respectively. Under the leadership of Stanford and Olchefske the district launched a long-term reform plan, the centerpieces of which were influenced by the theory of the market and general management principles. The first priority of the reform plan wa … Read more »

Examines the reform of the Seattle Public Schools from 1995 to 2002. To initiate the reform in 1995, presented the district John Stanford, an army general and Joseph Olchefske, an investment banker, as the district’s superintendent and chief financial officer, respectively. Under the leadership of Stanford and Olchefske the district launched a long-term reform plan, the centerpieces of which were influenced by the theory of the market and general management principles. The first priority of the reform plan was to decentralize the district budgeting. Decentralization, based on locally as the Freedom Agenda, reduces the holding of the district headquarters in extracurricular activities delegated to individual school principals and increased flexibility in the management of resources, the recruitment of staff and design training programs. The aim of the Freedom Agenda was to equip principals and their leadership teams with the resources and authority they need to implement educational programs to the individual needs of students. A second phase of the reform, in the district known as the performance agenda, set academic standards for students and defined professional expectations for teachers and administrators. A primary goal of the performance agenda was to align classroom practices with clearly defined academic outcomes for students and introduce performance-based practices in the management of teachers and staff.
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Stig Leschly
Source: Harvard Business School
22 pages.
Publication Date: Apr 15, 2002. Prod #: 802197-PDF-ENG
Transformation of Seattle Public Schools – 1995-2002 HBR case solution