ERIC Number: ED086400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Feb-1
Reference Count: 0
The Governance and Organizational Affiliation of Regional Educational Service Agencies: Arms of the State Education Agency, Pure Creatures of Constituent Local Districts, or Pure Special District Governments?
Stephens, E. Robert
Focusing on one of the most critical and complex aspects of the concept of the regional educational service agency (RESA), the paper questions whether RESA's should be an arm of the state educational agency, pure creatures of constituent local school districts, or pure special district governments. The critical dimensions of the issue being discussed are the principal needs of healthy state systems of elementary-secondary education; the role and function of state education agencies; the primary needs of the local school district; and the essential governance and organizational requirements of service units. Potential points of conflict are given, such as how local districts can have substantial and meaningful input into the workings of the service unit if the activities of the latter are subject to review by the state education agency. The proposed solution to the problem is establishing, by statute, a statewide network of regional units to which all state school districts must belong. The explanation of the proposed solution additionally covers its establishment, governance and organization, financial structure, programs and services, and regulatory functions for the state education agency. Some specifics on the service-regulatory mix and major advantages of the model are also covered. (KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference, National Federation for the Improvement of Rural Education, January 30-31, February 1, 1974 Las Vegas, Nevada