ERIC Number: ED217562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
The Department of Education: Recommendations for a New Regional Role.
Burns, Thomas J.
Suggestions for a new role for the Department of Education's regional offices should reflect the new goals and purposes of federal services to education as well as the needs of regional education clients. The U.S. Congress set 7 purposes when it created the Department of Education, and present Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell established 12 priorities regarding federal leadership in educational research, program development, evaluation, training, and technical assistance. Besides reflecting these purposes, the regional offices' role must support three Education Department policies: offering technical support to American education, ensuring equal educational opportunity, and promoting the improvement of educational quality. The regional offices' long-range goals involve educational equity. Their intermediate goals emphasize helping local education agencies manage change. The 15 immediate goals--oriented around federal, state, and local objectives--are based on the regional offices' characteristics and capabilities, including geographic proximity, insight into local educational needs, exemplification of federal concern, and provision of technical services. Among the immediate goals' concerns are new educational technology, improved management, financial incentives, needs assessment, and parent involvement. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Department of Education Regional Offices
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).