ERIC Number: ED339555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Approaching the Next Millennium: Educational Service Agencies in the 1990s. ESA Study Series: Report No. II.
Stephens, E. Robert; Turner, Walter G.
State-endorsed education service agency (ESA) type organizations are found in 26 state school systems, 23 of which have a complete statewide network serving all local districts. These organizations promote collaboration among local school districts in substate regions or serve as a conduit for implementation of state initiatives. This report examines trends in the form, mission, programs, funding, and accountability of ESAs. In plotting the direction of the ESA movement, this report makes several major assumptions about current educational trends: (1) an acceleration of rural school problems; (2) continued stress in Metropolitan Area Districts; (3) new pressures for educational reform; (4) new pressures on state education agencies for expanded services and accountability; (5) greater acceptance of public choice theory; and (6) a new wave of interest in interorganizational collaboration. Based on these assumptions, seven broad patterns are forecast for the next decade: (1) more state adoptions of ESA networks; (2) structural changes related to governance, number of units in a state system, inclusion of all districts in service units, and elimination of multiple networks within states; (3) expansion of the primary mission of ESAs; (4) expansion of programming and services to meet new education priorities of the 1990s; (5) increased state funding; (6) more rigorous accountability and checks and balances; and (7) new commitment to organizational development. This report contains 44 references and 11 tables and figures. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Educational Service Agencies, Arlington, VA.