Miami School District Negotiation Paper

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Miami School District Negotiation Paper
The Miami school district has announced that in the upcoming year, school boundaries will be redrawn due to unexpected increases in enrollment. The school board has created a plan for the students as the school is not large enough to accommodate each and every one of them. They have hired experts to redraw school boundaries to be submitted for the following year. Upsetting many students as they will not be able to stay at their present school, several parents have voiced opinions based upon the school district proposed plan. Most of the parents are concerned about the quality of education their children will receive, increased travel time, crossing economic and cultural boundaries, affect on property values, and social effects on children. With the following reasons against the proposed plan, I will address all of the stakeholders and their concerns. This paper will also discuss a developed plan to address stakeholders’ concerns as well as the negotiation strategy used to support the school board’s need to redraw the boundaries with the concerns of the stakeholders. Lastly, the paper will explain how ethics and culture affect the decisions. There are many stakeholders in this situation with the students being redrawn from their current school. The students, school officials, staff, teachers, school district, and even the students’ parents are all stakeholders. The students will be affected by the redrawing as they may be going to a different school and face with different personal issues, including separation from friends. Students may be troubled with the new society, struggle meeting new friends, have difficulty understanding the new concepts and school guidelines, and carry cultural differences and education. Students may feel lack of support based on their surroundings and bring those problems home. It can be difficult meeting friends at a new school and adapting to a new culture and groups. There may situations where a student is socially affected in school and will take their problems out on their parents. They will possibly get into school arguments, be picked on, and even be ignored by others, which will cause them to become unconfident and unhappy. Parents are important stakeholders as they will be concerned about the welfare of their children when going to a new school. Although students chose their own decisions and lifestyle, students can be affected by their surroundings and worry their parents. The parents may fear that the quality of education does not meet the same standards in the new school. They will also be unhappy with the commute time to take and bring back their children to school as most of the students are already attending a local school and it may just be a walking distance. Economic and cultural boundaries can be crossed as many students may move to a school with the majority of the students being from a certain cultures or background. Property values can be affected too, with the move of children to new schools. For example, schools in upper class neighborhoods may be seeing lower class families moving in and trashing their surroundings and graffiti around the neighborhood by students from different neighborhoods, causing property value depreciation. This may even lead to other residence in becoming potential stakeholders. Finally, the parent’s main concerns will be the social effects on their children and how they can be influenced negatively with the new school’s society. Schools officials, staff, teachers, and the school district are also stakeholders with this decision. School officials including the staff and teachers of the new schools are obligated to accept all students and provide a positive environment for the students. The school district wants to make sure that every student is provided with quality education. They will provide students and teachers with appropriate sized classrooms, materials, and staff. Although the school district would...
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