ERIC Number: ED336861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Oversight of State Education Reforms: The Motivations and Methods of Program "Fixers".
The oversight of state education reforms is explored in this paper, with a focus on the motivations of program fixers and the strategies they use to guide implementation. Fifty-seven interviews were conducted with legislators, committee staff, and legislative agency staff to analyze the program fixing process in six states--Arizona, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. The first part reviews some institutional and political constraints to oversight performance, and the second part examines how oversight strategies minimized constraints and furthered program fixers' personal goals. Findings indicate that program fixers used a selective mixture of formal and informal monitoring that minimized time constraints and maximized their political benefits. Benefits for the reform process included the establishment of clearly defined goals and the promise that implementation would be in accordance with the spirit of the original mandates. A conclusion is that legislators' shared accountability with administrators necessitates participation by both groups for effective reform implementation. Two tables are included. (14 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research in Education.