ERIC Number: ED431925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Stumbling Blocks for Career Education: School Board, Administration, and the Ever-Tightening Budget. AACE Distinguished Member Series on Career Education.
After the position of career education (CE) coordinator was eliminated from the Arlington, Virginia, Public Schools budget for 1998 and 1999, two surveys were conducted to determine the status of CE in local public schools. The first survey was sent to all 37 principals in the district (response rate, 68%). The second survey, which was sent to random samples of 10 teachers, counselors, and librarians in each of the district's 37 buildings, elicited 57 responses (from 48 teachers, 8 counselors, and 1 librarian) from 18 schools and the career center. Although most of the principals appeared to understand the CE concept, the principal survey revealed unmet needs what would have been the purview of the CE coordinator, including staff development, assistance with infusion techniques, and contacting businesses. Some excellent examples of CE were reported by those responding to the second survey; however, none of those surveyed were aware of the state mandate for and state definition of CE. Although the survey sponsors recommended that the position of CE coordinator be reinstated as a full-time position and that the Arlington school board provide clear direction for implementation of CE in all curriculum areas in grades K-12, the district's board of education refused to reinstate the position of CE coordinator. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Career Education, Hermosa Beach, CA.