ERIC Number: ED085834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
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Boards of Cooperative Educational Services: An Examination of a Temporary Program After 25 Years of Operation.
New York State Office of Education Performance Review, Albany.
The creation of Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) was authorized in 1948 to function temporarily pending the creation of intermediate school districts. BOCES were viewed at their inception as a means to supplement teaching services and to provide a few nonacademic courses to school districts too small to provide their own. In succeeding years, because of the significant increase in the growth of BOCES, its seemingly new role as a permanent and integral part of the public secondary education system in New York State, and because of the expressed concern by citizens regarding its organization and financing, the need for an evaluation of the BOCES operations was created. A team studied the BOCES organizational framework, its administrative structure, the types of services it offers, its financial structure, and its current role as an intermediate unit of secondary education. Study findings reveal in part that BOCES have become unique and powerful units of government with little or no public control; that neither the State nor component districts exercise adequate supervision over the programs and services; and that management and administrative services are not presently reviewed on the basis of need, cost, or performance. This report describes BOCES current operations, indicates the major findings, and presents the committee's recommendations. Six exhibits provide more specific data about the BOCES operation. (EA)
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Authoring Institution: New York State Office of Education Performance Review, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York