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Landmines for P-16 State Councils
The Education Commission of the States-www.ecs.org
has published a useful analysis of the 38 states that have created new structures to better integrate p-12 grades and postsecondary education. It features problems with council membership,vague agendas, lack of funds and staff, and politics among levels that can overwhelm the nascent units. But it also has policies and practices that can lead to some success. There are specific examples of how to overcome each obstacle. In short, p-16 councils should try harder and not give up.
These councils are often the only way for k-12 and postsecondary officials to deliberate on common problems. Many concrete actions have ensued. So they are well worth continuing to improve. Our p-16 governance units are fractured and need some new organization to improve policymaking.
Labels: State p-16 councils