ERIC Number: ED458683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Leadership for Student Learning: Recognizing the State's Role in Public Education. School Leadership for the 21st Century Initiative: A Report of the Task Force on State Leadership.
Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Historically states are seen as more comfortable with narrowly focused rules, regulation, and monitoring responsibilities than with broad change. Currently states face revolutionary new arrangements for financing education, overseeing federal commitments, and providing fair and meaningful standards for educational performance. The major educational policy challenges of improving teaching and learning, implementing systemic reform, narrowing achievement gaps, and promoting equity through finance equalization are not issues that lend themselves to quick and tidy solutions. The capacity to deal with these issues must come from governors, chief state school officers, state agencies, legislatures, and state education boards. No single solution will be applicable to all states. The Task Force on State Leadership identifies additional concerns. Archaic statutes, convoluted arrangements for financing education, and state-level territoriality combine with competition among legislatures, state school boards, and permanent bureaucracies to create confusion. Governors, business interests, lobbies, the federal government, and mass media also assert their concerns. The task force describes the primary components of the stare educational policymaking apparatus, outlines some of the challenges and issues confronting those components, and offers guidance for increasing the capacity of states to provide leadership for student learning. (Contains 24 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Leadership Responsibility, Public Schools, State Action, State Aid, State Programs, State Regulation, State School District Relationship, State Standards
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; UPS Foundation, Inc., Greenwich, CT.; Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.