ERIC Number: ED235583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Education Service Agency--Where Next?
Levis, Rae M.
Chapter 1 of this study introduces the education service agency (ESA) by briefly examining its history and reviewing recent research on its present status. Identifying three basic ESA patterns (special district, regionalized agencies, and cooperative agencies), the initial chapter observes that, although most ESA's were not established until the 1960's and 1970's, by 1981 there were regional service agencies in 39 states. Chapter 2 discusses national characteristics of ESA's in such areas as governance, finances, programs and services, and staff relationships. Chapter 3 focuses on the extent to which ESA's are meeting the needs of their constituents through improving educational practice, providing administrative services, and offering direct student services. Chapter 4, which constitutes roughly half the study, makes short-term (5 years), middle-term (10 to 12 years), and long-term (turn of the century) predictions concerning the ESA's future role. Following a list of nine recommendations in chapter 5 that include creating a climate conducive to shared decision-making with constituents and continuing the professional development of ESA staff, the study concludes with a brief summary. (JBM)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Cooperation, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Education Service Centers, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Services, Regional Cooperation, School Administration, Shared Services
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.; American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA. American Association of Educational Service Agencies.