November 2, 2012
Dr. Christina Aleksic
Miami School District Negotiation Paper
The Miami school district has recently experienced a large number of enrollments and needs to come up with a plan to solve the increase in student population. The school districts solution involves rezoning school boundaries to even out classroom size. Parents have concerns about the restructuring of the boundaries and the school board needs to formulate a plan and select a negotiation strategy to address these concerns. The purpose of this analysis is to identify a negotiation strategy that supports the school boards need to redraw school boundaries, addresses the concerns of stakeholders, and explains how ethics and culture affect the chosen strategy.
To formulate an effective negotiation strategy, both the stakeholders and their concerns must be identified. The stakeholders involved in the Miami school districts rezoning plan are the students and parents. The students will be affected by the decision because many will have to leave their present school and attend a new one. The parents of these students have concerns about the new boundaries and how the changes will affect their children’s quality of education. Additionally, parents are concerned about increased travel time, effects on property value, and the social effects on their children. These parents are also tax payers who will be funding the school board’s decision to rezone the district.
The Miami school district will use a win-win strategy and tactics to convince parents that re-zoning will be the best solution for the students. Integrative strategy will be used because the goals of the stakeholders and school district are not equally limited, and there is an opportunity to create value by bringing benefits to the table (Lewicki, Saunders, & Barry, 2006). The school district must create issue “packages” claiming an equal benefit for the students and school district. An analysis of parent concerns must be formed and the school district must decide how to appropriately address these concerns.
The negotiation strategy will be to reassure parents that the goal of the school district is to do what’s best for the students and that the reasoning behind redrawing boundaries is to reduce class size. The school district must be able to show that if class sizes are not evened out, students will ultimately suffer and additional consequences will occur. The goal of the Miami school district is to provide quality education and develop long standing relationships with the parents. The school district will have to take a bilateral approach to the negotiation by having the parents involved (Lewicki, Saunders, & Barry, 2006). The school district must make it clear to the parents that the reason behind the rezoning decision is to maintain a quality school life for the students, without overcrowding the classrooms.
Quality of Education
Quality of education is a great concern among parents. Parents are concerned that the quality of education will change for the students if they have to attend a different school. By redrawing the school district boundaries, students will be removed from their current teachers and classmates and placed in the uncomfortable position of adjusting to new ones. The school district must assure both parents and students that educational goals will not be affected by the new boundaries. School officials should explain that the state currently has sanctions that require teachers be certified through the State of Florida to teach in a specific field. Additionally, all employees must undergo a background check before being hired.
Increased Travel Time
The amount of time to commute for some students may increase dramatically with the new rezoning plan. Parents are concerned about time...