ERIC Number: ED401463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
The Challenge of Linking Plans for School-to-Work Opportunity Systems. Fourth in a Series on School-to-Work Implementation.
Adelman, Nancy E.
Three pieces of education legislation that the federal government enacted in 1994 are interlocking and designed to support a systemic approach to state and local educational improvement. The Goals 2000: Educate America Act, School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA), and Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) offer an opportunity to move from a categorical mindset to a broader framework for conceptualizing educational improvement and think about the long-term purposes of education in the context of work force and economic development. At a St. Louis (Missouri) conference, state teams shared and discussed strategies for linking school-to-work plans with broader educational reform initiatives, with emphasis on understanding how STWOA, Goals 2000, and IASA can complement each other. The initial challenge for states interested in a consolidated plan for federal programs is creation of a conceptual framework. Conference participants have identified a set of core issues that they confront on the road to a coherent set of policies and programs that ensure a high quality education for all students. Communication issues include communication with state and local professionals and policymakers, intra-agency and interagency communication, communication with the public and business and industry, and the federal role. Turf issues revolve around the relationship between K-12 and higher education and state and local turf. Two generic types of resource issues are funding and time. Equity is also an issue. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. Resource Center on Educational Equity.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994; School to Work Opportunities Act 1994