State School Closure: Fort Worth and Travis Employee Surveys 1993, Parent-Family Surveys, 1993 Results.Report as inadecuate

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The Southwest Institute for Developmental Disabilities conducted surveys of families of people being served at two state schools and of employees of those schools about expected school closures. All 871 families, guardians, or primary correspondents with families members at the Fort Worth (FW) or Travis (T) State Schools as of March 31, 1992 were mailed a survey in April 1993. Forty-four percent of T families and 50% of FW families replied. About 87% of respondents did not want the schools to close, and 45% of FW families and 26% of T families did not feel involved in closure activities, with slightly higher percentages that did not feel involved in decision making. Forty-six percent of FW and 24% of T families said they had not been updated about closure plans, although 91% had expressed their preferences about placement or transfer. Family members also expressed concerns about staffing during the downsizing process. One thousand FW employees (95% of staff) and 1,051 T employees (84%) returned surveys. Ninety percent at FW and 83% at T disagreed that the decision process to close the state schools had been fair and objective. The credibility of the central office was not highly valued by employees from either school, and employees were not generally satisfied with their opportunities for advancement. (Contains 8 graphs.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Decision Making, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Developmental Disabilities, Employee Attitudes, Employees, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Program Termination, Residential Schools, School Closing, State Programs, Surveys

Author: Kraushaar, Kevin, Comp.; Elliott, Delia, Comp.


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