ERIC Number: ED364934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Restructuring State Education Agencies: Learning from State Leaders. SERVE Report.
Nelson, Linda J.
Findings of a study that describes restructuring efforts undertaken by state education agencies (SEAs) are presented in this paper. Data were collected through telephone interviews with SEA officials in 24 states that were actively engaged in restructuring and analysis of SEA documents. Factors that contributed to restructuring included the place of SEA restructuring on the national educational reform agenda, state financial cutbacks, and state involvement in key national school-reform projects. Obstacles to SEA restructuring included "turf" conflicts, entrenched organizational cultures, time constraints, and organized opposition. The respondents offered advice about what their colleagues might expect if they embark upon a major agency reorganization. They mentioned the central role of top leadership in initiating and sustaining restructuring, the importance of communication at all levels, recognition of the business community as a friend, the establishment of ground rules for transition planning teams, and investment in staff development. Respondents raised other issues, such as accountability, the boundaries of local initiatives, the desire for early results, and appropriate staffing of the SEA. Appendices contain a list of participating states, a profile of the state sample, and interview protocols. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, School Restructuring, State Action, State Agencies, State Departments of Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SERVE: SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education.