ERIC Number: ED242098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Managing Cooperation and Complexity in Education: The Case of Educational Service Agencies. Final Report.
Weiss, Janet A.; And Others
Educational Service Agencies (ESA's) are public education agencies that provide specialized programs and services to a group of school districts in a specified geographical region and to the state department of education. Most states have encouraged the development of ESA's that have either evolved out of county districts or have been created to provide technical assistance, innovation, economies of scale, or more professional service delivery to local school districts. This research examined nine ESA's in five states to explore the dynamics of successful intergovernmental collaboration. At the sites, 300 intensive, semistructured interviews were conducted with state education officials, state legislators, ESA staff, ESA board members, local superintendents, other local district staff, and local school board members knowledgeable about the creation, growth, and performance of the ESA. Data from observation and organizational records were also collected. Results show how the external political and legal context influences ESA performance and how ESA managers respond to constraints in their environment. Findings will be of interest to scholars in the fields of educational policymaking, implementation, and organizational theory; to practitioners in state and local education agencies that have contact with ESA's; and to ESA administrators. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.
Identifiers: Connecticut; Massachusetts; Michigan; Washington; West Virginia