ERIC Number: ED418319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
School to Work Fiscal Agents: Profiles of 20 States. Arizona School to Work Briefing Paper #3.
Engmark, Jill; Vandegrift, Judith A.
A study explored the issue of fiscal agency and its relationship to planning and implementing school-to-work (STW) systems to inform stakeholders in Arizona's emerging STW system about other states' experiences. A review of the STW Internet Gateway yielded a subset of states based on factors such as their history in implementing STW and similarities to Arizona. Interviews were conducted via telephone, fax, or e-mail with 61 individuals in 20 states. Participants were asked to relate their experiences with and as fiscal agents, how fiscal agents were chosen, and strengths and weaknesses of a particular type of fiscal agency. STW partnerships used four types of fiscal agents: educational institutions; training institutions; business and labor organizations; and "other" organizations. Effective fiscal agents had the following characteristics: existing mechanisms/structures, neutrality, experience in federal grant management, skill in fostering involvement, philosophy, and accessibility/central location. Educational institutions offered the advantages of being accustomed to handing federal monies and familiar with state-level policies and procedures. A major drawback was that their use contributed to "turf" issues. The other three types had geographic and size advantages, were able to coordinate function in multiple school districts, and were able to handle workload and manage cash flow. A disadvantage was a lack of knowledge regarding how schools operate. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix. Div. of Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers: Arizona; School to Work Opportunities Act 1994