Twenty-one councils are supported by at least a .5 full-time equivalent staff member, while 15 councils do not (relying on agency staff on an as-needed basis). The staffing status of four councils was unclear as of May 2008.
Why does it matter?
Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.
Methodology: ECS performed an initial search of statutes, regulations and executive orders. However, because many P-16 and P-20 councils are established independently of these means, ECS conducted interviews with and had all data verified by at least one contact in the state (typically a P-16 or P-20 council member or staff member supporting the council).
Last update: May 28, 2008
This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Council supported by at least .5 FTE staff person|
|Arizona||Yes–two full-time FTEs support the council, as do two policy advisors who together provide a third FTE. Various support staff also assist the council.|
|California||Yes–a unit at the California Department of Education supports the work of the council.|
|Colorado||Yes–a full-time FTE in the governor's office supports the council. The governor's education policy advisor also devotes a portion of his time to staffing the council, as does a staffer for each of the five subcommittees, who work for the the governor's office, the lieutenant governor's office, the University of Colorado at Denver, College in Colorado, and the Colorado Children's Campaign.|
|Delaware||Yes–a state board policy analyst supports the council. Department of education staff also provide support as necessary.|
|Georgia||Yes–plans are underway to hire a full time staff person to support the Alliance.|
|Illinois||Not determined as of March 2008|
|Louisiana||Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence: No|
High School Redesign Commission: No, although agency staff, including the Director of High School Redesign in the department of education, support the commission on an as-needed basis.
|Maine||No information available as of May 2008.|
|Missouri||Yes–Rod Nunn, the council's executive director, devotes the majority of his time to supporting the council's work.|
|Nebraska||Yes–1.5 FTEs support the council.|
|North Carolina||Yes–one staff member for each Education Cabinet member supports the cabinet.|
|Ohio||Yes–the partnership is supported by a full-time executive director, a .5 FTE director and a full-time administrative assistant.|
|Oklahoma||Yes–one full-time FTE supports the steering committee.|
|Pennsylvania||STEM: Two FTEs support the council, along with over 30 part-time cross-agency, cross-sector volunteers.|
PASSHE Regional Councils: Yes–the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education provides a .75 FTE to support the councils' work.
|Rhode Island||No. While the contributions of staff at various participating agencies would add up to a .5 FTE, the council employs no single staff person in this capacity.|
|South Carolina||Yes–five department of education staff contribute a portion of their time to supporting the council.|
|Texas||No–staff are assigned to support the council on an as-needed basis.|
|Washington||Yes–council staffed and supported by the office of financial management.|
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