ERIC Number: ED207228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
Education Policy Analysis and the Rent-a-Troika Business.
Educational policy analysis consists of a "troika" of major components--politics (or power), technology (ideas), and service delivery (workers). Three case studies of New York City programs illustrate how the components interact in different situations. The city's School Improvement Project aims to make schools more effective in teaching poor children. It has not been successfully implemented, however, because politicians have not committed additional resources and because neither they nor the workers (teachers) believe the project can succeed. In the case of early childhood projects, the federally-funded Head Start and day care programs are successful but do not coordinate with similarly successful nursery and kindergarten programs in the city's public schools, chiefly because of differing political origins and because of cleavages between the workers' two unions. Finally, the city's youth employment training projects are split between public secondary school programs and the city employment department's training programs. Because data are lacking on either program's content and performance, program decisions depend mostly on political and union factors. Hence, as with early childhood projects, parallel programs remain uncoordinated. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York (New York); Policy Analysis; School Effectiveness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Table 3 may be marginally legible due to small print.