ERIC Number: ED370240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Politics and Systemic Education Reform. CPRE Policy Briefs.
This brief describes political challenges to systemic reform and explores the conditions under which coherent policymaking might occur. A focus is the role of states in achieving policy integration. The first section describes political challenges to systemic reform, which include a lack of consensus on student standards, a focus on inputs and processes, and a lack of coordinated policies. Four impediments to policy coordination are discussed in the next section--a fragmented organizational structure, the focus on political elections, policy overload, and government specialization. The third section describes Kentucky's Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the South Carolina Business-Education Subcommittee. The first is a large volunteer citizen's organization and the second is a small leadership group with statutory authority. Both groups: (1) represent a variety of constituencies; (2) act as mechanisms for the incorporation of business interests into larger reform coalitions; (3) serve as training grounds for leadership; (4) act as reporters and monitors of reform; and (5) act as vehicles for dissemination of information to a national audience. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, New Brunswick, NJ.