In the recent past, Miami school district has experienced unexpected explosion in the number of students being enrolled in this schools, some of the issues that affect the schools include.
Increased travel Time
With some of the students transferred from the Miami school district to another district will now have to ride busses longer to get to and from school. With the new boundaries, forcing students to attend a different school parents worry about the safety of the older students driving further to school, in good and bad weather. With the increased travel adds extra expense for the gas and maintenance of the student’s vehicle, which most parents have not included in his or her budgeted.
Crossing economic and cultural boundaries
Miami school district has an overall family income than other surrounding schools so parents are concerned about his or her child attending a school, which has less fortunate students attending. The parents of the transferring students are worried that his or her child’s education will not be as high because the teachers will spend more time with the slower or less fortunate students. Looking at the cultural difference between Miami school district and other surrounding districts a good student or athlete may not receive a scholarship to attend college because of the recognition that the new school receives during the school year. The cultural differences between the schools can lead to bulling of the new student, introducing the student to drugs or a gang, which leads to peer pressure and stress, which the student is, not accustom too. The bottom line is parents are worried will all the new changes the student will not reach his or her full potential while attending the new school.
Affect on property values
By Miami, school districts changing the schools boundaries parents worry that the value of his or her house will decline because of the school district, and the location of his or her house. Currently the Miami school district families are in the upper income class so the surrounding area and house are nice and well kept and corruption is low. With the new school boundaries, many of the homes values will decline and the market for perspective buyers will decline. Parents that are business owners in the area are concerned that with the change in boundaries the stores revenue will reduce because of families moving out of the area to get a better education for his or her child.
Social effects on children
The social effects on the students because of the new school boundaries are hard to determine. However, the parents do know the new school his or her child will attend in the upcoming school year has many issues. Some of the issues parents know about are that the state test scores are the lowest in the area, pay to play sports programs, old school buildings, and the school is known for gangs, drug problems, and other behavior problems. Therefore, parents are worried how his or her child affected by the change and for the overall safety for the child while he-she is at school.
The stakeholders are the parents, students, teachers, property owners, or businessperson in the area affected by the Miami school districts decision to change the boundaries. The decision of the Miami district school to change the schools boundaries will affect the community located within the school system affectively making everyone affect a stakeholder in the decisions made.
Strategy for Board Negotiation
In order for the Miami school district to move, forward the school needs to use a collaboration negotiation strategy. Collaborative negotiating creates a win-win strategy because the strategy uses the input of the stakeholders involved. By using the input from the stakeholders the school board will help productivity, strengthen outcome, and lead to a result, which the stakeholders can live with. During the negotiation, each side will have to list the pros and cons of redrawing the schools boundaries. By listing the pros and cons, each side can work through the issues and make the necessary adjustments until the group arrives with win-win situation.
Ethics and culture
In negotiations, individuals will use his or her ethics, culture, and previous experience to assist in decision making on day to day issues. The stakeholders should be the propriety of Miami school district, decisions are to be and should be based on ethics especially in making decisions in regards to use a collaborative strategy because the strategy fight best for the negotiation process.
The bottom line is that individuals do not like change even if the change is for the better. Individuals do not like change because it takes him or her out of the comfort zone and place him or her into an unknown zone. The members of the Miami school board being parent’s he-she understand why the stakeholders are upset with the decision to redraw the schools boundaries. However, in the end the school board and stakeholders can reach a compromise that each side can live with.