ERIC Number: ED225236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
State Education Agency Coordination Efforts. Summary Report.
Schenet, Margot A.
A study of state education agency (SEA) activities investigated the incentives and disincentives to coordination and interagency cooperation at the state level as well as the effects of federal initiatives and recent fiscal strains on these activities. Research focused on how much coordination currently exists nationwide; case studies of Pennsylvania, Colorado, California, and Washington examined whether the level of resources has an impact on the amount of coordination taking place, and the local impact of coordination. Across the 50 states very little coordination exists between education and other state agencies providing human services. Intensive interviews with key personnel in the four states revealed coordination efforts to be minimal among programs within education agencies. In none of the four cases did declining resources spur agency initiatives for coordination, though state legislatures did push agencies in the direction of greater coordination. Finally, formal agreements at the state level do not determine the extent of joint activities at the local level. Only SEAs that use interagency agreements to establish working relationships between local offices of social and health service agencies and local school districts are likely to have an impact on local operations. (MLF)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Agency Role, Case Studies, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal State Relationship, Financial Problems, Human Services, Special Education, State Agencies, State Aid, State Departments of Education, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: Project Report, Urban Institute Project No. 1449. For related document, see EA 015 225.