ERIC Number: ED324189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
Rural School District Cooperatives. Program Report.
This paper examines primary issues influencing rural educational cooperatives. The paper highlights the benefits of rural cooperative formation and outlines the key points in creating effective rural interdistrict cooperatives. It is directed toward those who are interested in policy issues surrounding cooperative development and maintenance. The central focus is on local policy choices which affect rural school district cooperative development. The first section contains a working definition of cooperatives, describing different types of cooperatives and their benefits. Different types of cooperatives include: (1) formal, independent cooperatives; (2) cooperatives with governing boards; and (3) cooperatives with limited scope. Keypoints of cooperative development include establishing clear goals, good organizational structure, identifying strong leaders, and using available support organizations. The second section features a brief planning guide for cooperative development and refers to potential trouble spots which should be addressed so rural school district cooperatives can prosper. Steps include evaluating district strategies, selecting a form of cooperative, and organizing it. A sample of suggested cooperative goals is offered. The document includes a bibliography of approximately 75 entries. (TES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
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