ERIC Number: ED184785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Rural Education Initiative. A Report on the Regional Rural Roundtables.
Jacobsmeyer, Donald J.
To provide grassroots judgment on the validity of the 28 recommendations stemming from the May 1979 National Seminar on Rural Education and to determine how specific federal programs impact rural education, 179 invited non-federal representatives from rural organizations, rural educational systems, state departments of education, and the general rural population attended 1 of 11 regional roundtables conducted in September 1979. An additional 229 voiced their opinions by mail. In varying levels of agreement (from 94.9% to 60.1%) participants validated all 28 recommendations as feasible activities for a Federal Rural Education Initiative. Although agreement was fairly consistent geographically and across rural populations, a minority of the rural constituents consistently questioned the role of the federal government in rural education. Judging from response to the recommendations, priorities of the constituency regarding rural education appeared to be centered in the areas of funding, research, delivery systems, information dissemination, and vocational training. With regard to federal programs in general, respondents repeatedly stressed their desire for state and local control of decisions affecting their rural schools, and noted that existing federal programs placed greater administrative burdens on and are less flexible in small rural schools than large urban schools. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Note: For related document, see RC 011 968.