ERIC Number: ED374945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Rural Education Assistance Plans. An Interim Report.
Beyer, Francine S.
In 1988, Research for Better Schools (RBS) proposed the development of state-specific rural assistance councils (RAC) in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to assist in strengthening rural school-community partnerships and in planning rural school improvement. This report summarizes the activities of each of the four RACs during 1988-92 in the following areas: (1) formation and organization; (2) developing a state-specific working definition of "rural"; (3) developing a statewide improvement plan for rural education; and (4) disseminating information related to the statewide improvement plan. In addition, some RACs sought additional resources to implement rural and small school improvement plans, and supported local school improvement activities. Despite differences among the four councils in membership and activities, several commonalities were observed: (1) the support of state education agencies (SEA) was important in establishing a firm foundation for the RACs; (2) SEAs were critical in identifying and recommending RAC members who were committed individuals representing important rural constituencies; (3) the development of a rural education assistance plan was a slow process that appeared to move in cycles; (4) the involvement of the RBS staff member participating on each RAC and providing technical and some financial assistance, was a key element in RAC organization and development; and (5) all RACs achieved an initial objective of identifying and disseminating successful practices and programs for rural schools. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; Maryland; New Jersey; Pennsylvania