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P-16/P-20 Councils: Council Supported by at Least .5 FTE

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?

  • Having dedicated staff can help ensure follow-through on council's work and communications efforts.
  • Having dedicated staff can help ensure that council efforts are not postponed or set aside in favor of other priorities.

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.

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.
Arkansas No
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.
Connecticut Yes
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.
Hawaii Yes
Illinois Not determined as of March 2008
Indiana Yes
Kansas Yes
Kentucky No
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.
Maryland Yes
Minnesota No
Mississippi Not determined
Missouri Yes–Rod Nunn, the council's executive director, devotes the majority of his time to supporting the council's work.
Montana No
Nebraska Yes–1.5 FTEs support the council.
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
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.
Oregon No
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.
South Dakota No
Tennessee No
Texas No–staff are assigned to support the council on an as-needed basis.
Utah No
Virginia No
Washington Yes–council staffed and supported by the office of financial management.
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin No
Wyoming Yes


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