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Educational Reform At The State Level : The Politics And Problems Of implementation - Jean Madsen

Educational Reform At The State Level

The Politics And Problems Of implementation

Hardcover Published: 22nd December 1993
ISBN: 9780750702065
Number Of Pages: 204

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This book sets out to describe the personal experiences of a state worker in Missouri as she attempted to implement educational reform programmes in the late 1980's. This was a critical time in America as other states were mandating new regulations to improve the quality of schools. Problems emerged such as lack of resources, bureaucratic red tape, and a dysfunctional administrative structure caused chaos, hampering the ability of the state workers to regulate and administer the new programmes. Some of the superintendents who did not believe in the new programmes resisted by abusing state funds and witholding information so teachers could not participate. This is a timely case study as legislators play a more important role in developing schools and the state will become the responsible agency to implement reform. Madsen's experience verifies the policy implementation literature and cites several new theoretical perspectives on the important role of the state agency in determining the success or failure of mandated reform programmes. The study indicates the need for state agencies to change their perspectives from regulation to service orientation if reform programmes are to succeed in schools.

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Forewordp. xi
Referencesp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Background Information on a State's Excellence in Education Act and the Department Politics Surrounding Its Implementationp. 15
The State Department of Education's Decision-Making Hierarchy and Its Effects on the Implementation of This State's Educational Legislationp. 45
The Department Structure Which Hampered the Implementation of Educational Reform Programsp. 67
Problems of Limited Resources to Assist with Implementationp. 87
Problems of Interpreting Eea Legislative Intent and Program Goalsp. 99
Gender and Its Effect on Implementationp. 127
The Role of the District Administrator in Implementing Educational Reform Legislationp. 141
Conclusionp. 164
Referencesp. 173
Indexp. 180
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ISBN: 9780750702065
ISBN-10: 0750702060
Series: Education Policy Perspectives
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 22nd December 1993
Publisher: CRC PR INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1