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ERIC Number: ED508098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Governance Divide: The Case Study for Florida. National Center Report #05-4
Venezia, Andrea; Finney, Joni E.
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
This case study is part of a broader research project examining state policies and governance structures that span K-12 and postsecondary education. Florida has implemented some of the most sweeping education governance changes of any state; all levels of education are housed in the Department of Education, which is overseen by a commissioner who reports to the governor. This study examines Florida's recent K-20 reforms, with a focus on state-level initiatives, governance, and related structures. The primary research questions included the following: (1) To what extent is K-20 reform perceived as a state policy concern? What are the incentives and disincentives for improved connections? (2) What are the main goals and objectives of current state-level K-20 reforms? Who is responsible for developing and implementing those changes? (3) What have been the main successes and failures to date? Interviews were conducted with state-level policymakers, administrators, business leaders, researchers, and others involved in reforms. This report begins with a summary of recent relevant political, governance, and education reforms in order to provide a context for later discussions of specific K-20 efforts. It outlines the previous policies and programs that contributed to the development of a K-20 foundation in the state. Next, the report summarizes the content of the current K-20 reforms, their effects, and the challenges they face in aligning K-12 and postsecondary education. The report concludes with reflections about the sustainability of the K-20 reforms and the role of the current governance structure in their development and implementation. The Florida Interview Protocol is appended. (Contains 20 endnotes.) [For "The Governance Divide: A Report on a Four-State Study on Improving College Readiness and Success. National Center Report #05-3," see ED508097. For the Georgia case study, see ED508099. For the New York case study, see ED508100. For the Oregon case study, see ED508101.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership; National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education; Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Georgia; New York; Oregon