ERIC Number: ED229586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Small School Vocational Cooperative.
Emerson, L. J.; DeYoung, Lucy
This small-school vocational education research project, conducted during the 1981-82 school year in Washington State, attempted to develop alternative vocational program delivery and funding strategies for small high school districts. A statewide review committee and two principal investigators conducted national and statewide research to identify unique small school vocational concerns in the state and existing exemplary vocational programs for small schools accross the nation. Present vocational program funding methods in the state were also evaluated. (Washington State defines a small high school district as having 300 full-time equivalent students or fewer.) Upon completion of the research activities, the committee concluded that small high school districts are experiencing a diseconomy of scale when attempting to provide diverse and technologically current vocational education programs. The committee's belief was that all students, regardless of their physical location and size of school, should have access to similar vocational education programs. The committee further determined that to provide diverse vocational education programs in every small school district is neither cost effective nor programmatically practical. Therefore, the committee recommended the establishment of a process to facilitate statewide sharing of technical expertise and equipment by small high school districts through a cooperative approach involving local districts, the state of Washington, and private industry. The establishment of the cooperative should assist small high school students to gain access to vocational education programs similar to those available to their counterparts in larger districts. (KC)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Finance Reform, High Schools, Program Development, School Districts, School Size, Small Schools, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education, Vocational High Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: N/A