ERIC Number: ED364371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-14
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Organizational and Operational Features of State Rural Education Interest Groups.
Stephens, E. Robert; Haughey, Charles F.
In many states, rural school districts or interested individuals have formed statewide interest groups to influence policy decisions related to rural education. Potential state rural education interest groups were identified through contacts with national and regional education associations and regional educational laboratories. Of 19 identified groups, 13 responded to a survey concerning their goals, operations, and organizational characteristics. Respondent groups had been established between 1974 and 1992. Common purposes include serving as state advocates for rural education, developing and promoting state rural education policies, offering technical assistance to rural educators, and engaging in research and analysis of contemporary issues facing rural education. Findings also covered organizational governance, affiliations with other organizations, composition and size of membership, dues structure, role of the executive officer, other salaried staff, use of contracted services, office or other housing, programs and services, annual budget, sources of revenue, and special assessments. Analysis of the results suggests that the great majority of groups have a common vision and are strongly committed to their mission. However, with a few noteworthy exceptions, the capacity of most groups to exert influence is seriously constrained by inadequate size, lack of adequate and definite financial support, and lack of adequate management and leadership support system. Such deficiencies may be remedied as these very young organizations mature. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Interest Groups; Organizational Research; State Associations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Rural Education Association (85th, Burlington, VT, October 14-17, 1993).