ERIC Number: ED234516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-15
Boards, Departments, Chiefs and State Education Policy. Issuegram 42.
Tightened budgets and more decentralized governance of education demand greater effectiveness of state boards of education, departments of education, and chief state school officers, and offer them new opportunities for leadership. State boards have broad authority to make policy, though their significance is often underestimated. Researchers recommend that boards increase their effectiveness by: reducing time spent on administration at the expense of policy questions; lessening dependence on chief school officers and departments of education by increasing budgets for research staff; and gaining influence by more frequent meetings and greater visibility. State departments of education administer policies established elsewhere but shape policy as they implement it. Their future depends on successfully integrating diverse functions into their overall structure, expanding capabilities for policy analysis so that governors and legislators will consult them, and meeting the increased demand for technical assistance to districts. Chief state school officers manage the department of education and represent the interests of education to state government. Suggestions for making the job attractive to more capable candidates include increasing salaries, guaranteeing greater job security, and expanding the chief's authority and responsibilities. (MJL)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Role, Bulletins, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Retrenchment, State Boards of Education, State Departments of Education, State Government
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.