ERIC Number: ED432831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Status Report on the Consolidation of Educational Service Centers.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
In 1995, the Ohio General Assembly required that certain educational service centers (ESCs) merge with other ESCs. This report examines the impact of ESC consolidation on the costs and quality of services provided to school districts. It raises issues for the state's General Assembly to consider and provides recommendations regarding pending ESC mergers. The report is divided into five parts: (1) an introduction, which discusses ESC history and services, ESC organization, local and "client" districts, ESC funding, the history of consolidated legislation, and the scope and methods of study; (2) an overview of the status of ESC consolidation, including expectations for consolidation and consolidation efforts in other states; (3) an examination of conditions and impact of consolidation, such as those conditions that help the consolidation process; (4) a treatment of issues for future consideration, which includes changes in special-education funding, the entrepreneurial ESC, and regional service delivery; and (5) a conclusion and recommendations. The study found that certain conditions, such as the provision of state money to offset the costs of consolidation and good personal relationships among participants, helped the consolidation process. Although consolidation lowered administrative costs, there were no savings overall. Four appendices offer examples of services provided by ESCs and other information. (Contains 18 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, School District Reorganization, School Districts, Summative Evaluation
Web site: http://www.loeo.state.oh.us (full text).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio