ERIC Number: ED256794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Provision of MCPS Legal Services.
Checkon, Stephen; And Others
This study of the legal services provided for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Maryland has two purposes: (1) to determine the cost-effectiveness and quality of current arrangements; and (2) to present alternative arrangements with estimates of their costs, effectiveness, and acceptability. MCPS budgets significant funds for legal services (more than $377,000 in fiscal year 1983). This study presents 11 alternative legal services arrangements. The two most viable, which include a mix of service providers, are further defined into five configurations with cost estimates for each. Based on a comparative analysis, the following recommendations are made to the Board of Education: (1) an in-house legal services office with two attorneys, a paralegal assistant, and a legal-secretary; (2) continued use of external private legal firms for about 50 percent of the casework; (3) expanded management of the legal services activities by the MCPS Staff attorneys; and (4) continued use of the County Attorney's Office in connection with the risk management/self-insurance program. (BS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Educational Accountability.