ERIC Number: ED336238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Systemic Reform in Six Rural Districts: A Case Study of First Reactions to the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.
Coe, Pamelia; Kannapel, Patricia
The Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990 was adopted after the Kentucky Supreme Court declared the state's system of schools unconstitutional. The purpose of this study was to identify the sources of information about KERA and to describe community attitudes toward KERA in rural Kentucky school districts during the first few months the law was in effect. The data were gathered in six rural Kentucky school districts using structured interviews, conversations, study of documentary sources, and participant observation. Interviews were conducted with 171 people, including superintendents, central office staff, principals, counselors, teachers, classified employees, school board members, and parents and students. Most respondents were enthusiastic about KERA initiatives that were backed up with funding. They expected to implement KERA faithfully, and saw more factors facilitating than hindering reform. Enthusiasm was highest among those who were best informed about KERA and in districts where the leadership was positive about reform. Most school district professionals and school board members believed themselves to be adequately informed about KERA, while most classified employees, parents, and students did not. Problems in the early phases of implementation include continued funding difficulties and cronyism and patronage in some districts. The appendices include KERA timelines, interview protocols, and state-level contacts who advised researchers. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; ERIC Publications; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.
Identifiers: Kentucky; Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990; Nepotism