ERIC Number: ED337325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-21
Reference Count: 0
The Rural Southwest in the Year 2002: Implications for Educational Policy.
Vaughan, Marianne; Morris, Pamela Bell
As part of a 3-year school improvement project, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory conducted statewide issues forums in five states to examine the conditions and needs of rural and small schools. Pre-forum teleconferences were held with advisors in each state to generate prioritized lists of rural educational issues. Advisors gave the highest priority to the following issues: Arkansas, identifying and publicizing strengths of rural schools; Louisiana, developing leadership for parent involvement programs; Oklahoma, middle schools issues; New Mexico, increasing attention to and resources for rural small schools; Texas, impact of educational leadership on policy and economic decisions. Issues forums were attended by legislators; state officials; and representatives of educational agencies and organizations, businesses, and institutions of higher education. Participants were assigned by role to groups and used the nominal group technique to identify priorities for rural education and develop an action plan to address each top priority. Although teleconference issues were related to priorities identified by forum participants, none was among the overall top five priorities identified. Such differences in outcomes supports the idea of expanding the interest groups involved in educational policy and decision making. The top priority for the region and for two states was securing adequate funding for rural education. The next four regional priorities were a well balanced, relevant, community-related curriculum; economic development; community support and involvement; and public recognition of economic trends and the role of education. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Forums; United States (South Central)
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).