ERIC Number: ED225731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Economies Gained by Sharing Resources.
Uxer, John E.
Education Service Centers do now or can constitute a significant delivery vehicle to help solve one of the stickiest issues facing the Texas Legislature--the equalization of educational opportunity. Remoteness, size of school districts, and taxable valuation all impact the individual district's ability to provide equal educational opportunity. Improved and more extensive strategies for sharing resources are absolutely essential to the survival of small schools and extremely beneficial to the larger ones. If each district were required to maintain all the capabilities to attain and maintain accredited status, the cost to the State would be astronomical. Examples of program support, as well as cost savings, include shared services in educational media, staff development, data processing, special education, adult basic education, migrant education cooperatives, supplemental unit administration, bus driver training, driver education, reproduction and printing, and office machines and audiovisual equipment repair. Small schools must obtain most of these services somewhere, and the Service Center is the State's best vehicle to make them available. An even more intriguing possibility for small schools is the implementation of alternative instructional strategies. While the potential for utilization of Service Centers is just dawning, an increase in the State Base Funding will be necessary to move forward. (BRR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Texas Association of Education Service Centers (Austin, TX, January 1983).