ERIC Number: ED352738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring a State Education Agency: The Kentucky Experience. Policy Issues.
Van Meter, Eddy J.
Under requirements of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990, the state was forced to redesign its department of education. This document describes the process by which a new department of education was created. After the introduction and executive summary, sections provide information on the following activities: the legal action leading to KERA, the passage of KERA, employing the Commissioner of Education, the transition period, confronting the state merit system for employment, organizing the restructured department, and staffing the new department. The new department of education follows a centralized, bureaucratic structure and has three deputy commissioners of three service areas: management support; learning results; and learning support. New staff, most from out of state, filled the newly created top-level positions. An implication of restructuring for state policymakers is that no one type of organizational structure is best for state agencies with diverse functions. The dilemma in hiring new staff for a restructured department is that quick change is offset by a temporary decline in effectiveness. Clearly defined goals and criteria for evaluation are necessary for successful restructuring. Two organizational charts are included. (Contains 26 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrative Organization, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Change, School Administration, State Action, State Agencies, State Departments of Education, Statewide Planning
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV. State Policy Program.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990