ERIC Number: ED098691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Organizing for Improving Delivery of Educational Services in Massachusetts. Volume 1: A Process Approach to the Development of Regional Educational Delivery Systems in Massachusetts.
Meals, Donald W.
This study investigated two different responses to the need to develop effective means to mobilize and improve the delivery of educational resources. The top-down approach is an effort to replace the centralized State department of education with a decentralized network of Regional Centers (RCs). The bottom-up approach is a grass roots movement by some school districts to join in Voluntary Collaboratives (VCs) to share resources and work cooperatively toward common goals. Both approaches have their strengths. A network of RCs would improve interschool communication and disperse educational innovations on regional and Statewide levels and could facilitate distribution of State and federal resources. VCs would facilitate the sharing of change strategies among cooperating districts and would be highly responsive and adaptive to the needs of individual school districts. The study concludes that both approaches are valuable and that Massachusetts should support and attempt to coordinate the concurrent development of both RCs and VCs. (JG)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Coordination, Decentralization, Educational Administration, Educational Cooperation, Educational Innovation, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Interschool Communication, Regional Cooperation, Regional Programs, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts Advisory Council on Education, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.; Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts