ERIC Number: ED207210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Education Service Agencies in Metropolitan Areas. ESA Study Series/Report No. IX.
Stephens Associates, Burtonsville, MD.
The failure to emphasize the role of education service agencies (ESAs) in metropolitan regions has lessened their use. Although in most states membership in an ESA system is obligatory for all school districts, participation in ESA programs and services is generally low. In several states legal constraints preclude a relationship between the ESA system and large urban districts. Several forces call for extensive cooperation among metropolitan units: the growing complexity of urban society, the need to administer education economically and efficiently, and the increasing sophistication of the legal definition of equal educational opportunity. The ESA concept attempts to strike a balance that centralizes some functions to achieve economies of scale and efficiency while supporting decentralization of other functions that ought to remain the responsibility of local jurisdictions. Five goals ought to be assumed by an ESA serving a metropolitan area: (1) contributing to educational equity, (2) contributing to fiscal equity, (3) contributing to educational improvement, (4) serving as the key coordinating agency for the educational community, and (5) serving as the lead advocate for education in the metropolitan region. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA. American Association of Educational Service Agencies.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stephens Associates, Burtonsville, MD.