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P-16/P-20 Councils: Coordinating Body

The coordinating body refers to the lead agency or entity that serves a facilitating function among those agencies and individuals participating on a P-16 or P-20 council. The coordinating body is the state education agency in four states, is a postsecondary governing entity in three states, and is the governor's office in 10 states. In 12 states, two or more entities share or alternate the coordinating function, and in eight states, there is essentially no coordinating body – all participating agencies are seen as equal partners.

States that do not have a P-16 or P-20 council or that have most or all education oversight consolidated in a single agency are not listed below.

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.

Coordinating body
Arizona Office of the governor
Arkansas Leadership of the council rotates between the higher education coordinating office and the department of education.
California State department of education
Colorado Office of the governor
Connecticut Interim management team (as of April 2008 is handling details with Achieve)
Delaware State department of education
Georgia Office of the governor (Office of Student Achievement)
Hawaii Leadership team (comprised of the Good Beginnings Alliance Executive Director, the superintendent of the Hawai'i Department of Education, and the University of Hawai'i President)
Illinois Office of the governor
Indiana Office of the governor and state superintendent
Kansas Office of the governor
Kentucky Leadership of the council rotates between the state higher education coordinating board (Council on Postsecondary Education) and state board of education; during the year that one entity chairs the council, the other entity provides staff support.
Louisiana Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence: Office of the governor

High School Redesign Commission: State department of education/state board and office of the governor
Maine No information available as of May 2008.
Maryland Leadership team (executive committee that includes the office of the governor, state department of education, University System of Maryland, state higher education commission, department of business and economic development, and department of labor, licensing and regulation)
Minnesota Rotates according to which entity is chairing the council (i.e., higher education, K-12). The council is currently chaired by the president of the University of Minnesota through 2009. Prior to that, the council was chaired by the head of the Minnesota State College and University System; before then, the commissioner of education chaired the council. The next chair will most likely be a K-12 entity.
Mississippi State higher education governing board
Missouri None (all members of the council are viewed as equal partners).
Montana Office of the governor
Nebraska Leadership team (comprised of the Nebraska Department of Education, University of Nebraska and EducationQuest Foundation)
Nevada Office of the governor
New Hampshire No information available as of May 2008.
North Carolina Office of the governor
Ohio None (all members of the council are viewed as equal partners).
Oklahoma State department of education
Oregon None (all members of the council are viewed as equal partners).
Pennsylvania STEM: Governor's Leadership Team. None (all members of the leadership team are seen as equal partners).
PASSHE Regional Councils: Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
Rhode Island None (various participating entities serve coordinating roles)
South Carolina State department of education
South Dakota State department of education and board of regents
Tennessee State higher education commission
Texas State department of education and higher education coordinating board
Utah State board and board of regents
Virginia None (all members of the council are viewed as equal partners).
Washington Office of Financial Management (governor's budget office)
West Virginia None (all members of the council are viewed as equal partners).
Wisconsin State department of education, state postsecondary governing board, state private higher education association, and state technical college system
Wyoming None (all members of the council are viewed as equal partners).


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