ERIC Number: ED211739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-18
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education and Federal Policy in San Francisco.
Kirst, Michael W.; Rabe, Barry G.
The federal government role is significant in the San Francisco vocational education system which has two primary delivery systems--the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and Community College District (SFCCD). The SFUSP is hampered by the city's pluralistic and decentralized governance approach. Although the state was not irrelevant in establishment of local education policy, vocational education program development primarily bears the imprint of internal political, social, and economic factors. The future of secondary vocational education is not encouraging, considering the increasingly dominant role of comparatively well-financed community colleges. In apparent contrast to the contractive process in the SFUSD is the recently developed School of Business and Commerce. It was designed, however, primarily as a last-ditch measure to gather and maintain SFUSD's outstanding vocational education resources. SFUSD's present program limitations and future financial constraints have enabled SFCCD to dominate vocational instruction through its dual delivery systems: the main community college campus and decentralized college centers and satellites. Vocational Education Act funding is largely a supplement for the two local delivery systems. It also carries the adverse impact of distracting local administrators from their primary responsibililties. While providing supplemental vocational training, Comprehensive Employment and Training Act programs are weakened by vast resource scattering. (YLB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Delivery Systems, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Government Role, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, School Districts, Secondary Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (San Francisco); Comprehensive Employment and Training Act; San Francisco Community College District CA; San Francisco Unified School District CA; Vocational Education Act 1963; Vocational Education Study