P-16/P-20 Councils: State Council Supports Local and/or Regional Councils
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P-16/P-20 Councils: State Council Supports Local and/or Regional Councils

Nine councils support local and/or regional P-16/P-20 councils. States in which local and/or regional P-16 or P-20 councils operate independently of the state-level council received a "no" for this data point.

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 jdounay@ecs.org.

State council supports local and/or regional P-16/P-20 councils
Arizona No
Arkansas No
California No
Colorado No
Connecticut To be determined
Delaware No
Georgia No
Hawaii No
Illinois No
Indiana No
Kansas No
Kentucky Legislation requires the creation of local P-16 councils through competitive grants. As stated in statute, each local P-16 coucil must "promote the preparation and development of teachers, the alignment of competency standards, and the elimination of barriers that impede student transition from preschool through baccalaureate programs." The RFP for local council formation sets forth the eligible applicants, required activities, and other elements related to the local councils. 

Local P-16 councils must report annually on their activities and recommendations "to its members and the institutions they represent, the Kentucky Board of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education, and the Education Professional Standards Board."

As of March 2008, there are 20 local councils, and one local council in development.
Louisiana Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence: No. While a couple local (district/university) PK-16+ councils remain from earlier efforts, they are not closely linked to the blue ribbon commission. The commission is currently considering efforts to revitalize/expand a network of local/regional PK-16+ councils.

High School Redesign Commission: No. High school redesign coordinators (connected to the state-level high school redesign commission) are in place in four of the eight regions of the state. As of May 2008, the department is hoping to receive funds allowing high school redesign coordinators to be placed in the other four regions of the state.
Maine No
Maryland No
Minnesota No
Mississippi No
Missouri Yes–one regional council currently in place.
Montana No
Nebraska No. However, regional councils were formerly active. One of the goals of the recently hired P-16 initiative coordinator is to develop strong regional P-16 partnerships in 2008.
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
North Carolina No, although there are numerous local P-16 councils that are not directly linked to the state-level council.
Ohio Yes. Regional P-16 councils have emerged through local leadership efforts. The partnership for continued learning convenes regional P-16 directors quarterly to share best practices. The regional P-16 councils likewise alert the state-level council to challenges in their efforts to implement P-16 reform; the state-level partnership then seeks to address those challenges. The partnership released five planning grants to regional P-16 councils in 2007, and anticipates releasing competitive planning or implementation grants in spring 2008.
Oklahoma No, although there is a local P-16 council that is not directly linked to the state-level council.
Oregon No
Pennsylvania STEM: Yes. As of April 2008, there are five regional councils.
PASSHE Regional Councils: The commonwealth supports the councils through the collaboration between universities and the school districts. However, each council works locally to achieve its goals.
Rhode Island No
South Carolina Yes. The council is to develop regional education centers, each of which must "have an advisory board comprised of a school district superintendent, high school principal, local workforce investment board chairperson, technical college president, four-year college or university representative, career center director or school district career and technology education coordinator, parent-teacher organization representative, and business and civic leaders."
South Dakota No
Tennessee Yes. As of March 2008, there are 19 local councils and 12 regional councils associated with the Tennessee Board of Regents. The local councils implement what is proposed at the state and regional level. Local councils are also doing work specific to local needs, including working with GEAR UP TN efforts to organize meetings of local and regional partners.
Texas Yes. As of March 2008, about 20 local or regional councils have been created to address local issues and nurture a college-going culture in their area. As this chart sets forth, local councils notify regional councils of issues in their environs. A representative from each regional council brings these issues to the P-16 regional council state network, which in turn informs and responds to information from the state-level P-16 council.
Utah Yes. Councils forming on individual campuses are supported by the state-level K-16 Alliance.
Virginia No
Washington No
West Virginia No
Wisconsin No, although there are numerous local/regional P-16 councils that are not directly linked to the state-level council.
Wyoming No

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