ERIC Number: ED207206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Establishment and Abolishment of a Statewide System of Education Service Agencies: The Kentucky Experience. ESA Study Series/Report No. III.
Stephens, E. Robert; And Others
Kentucky's first education service agency (ESA) network was initiated in 1972. After expanding to cover most of the state, it was dissolved in 1976 for lack of funding. Using case study methodology, this paper discusses the historical background of Kentucky's educational system, the establishment and abolition of educational regions and of the ESA networks, the perceptions of ESA executive officers and of officials from the state education agency (SEA) concerning the ESAs, and post-mortem observations. A five-part questionnaire was used to measure perceptions of ESA and SEA officials. Findings are based on a sample of 12 respondents and indicate strong support for ESAs in the field (at the local level) but opposition to ESAs in the state superintendent's and governor's offices. The report suggests that greater grass-roots involvement in planning the ESA network would have enhanced its chances for survival. Other factors contributing to the system's demise were the absence of a statutory basis and competition among different educational agencies. However, the political environment seems to have been the greatest determinant in the decision not to continue the ESAs. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Edgewood Independent School District, San Antonio, TX.
Authoring Institution: Stephens Associates, Burtonsville, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky