Toward Order from Chaos: State Efforts to Reform Workforce Development Systems

Toward Order from Chaos: State Efforts to Reform Workforce Development Systems

Authors: W. Norton Grubb, Norena Badway, Denise Bell, Chris King, Julie Herr, Heath Prince, Richard Kazis, Lisa Hicks and Judith Coombes Taylor.
Date: January 1999
Publication Type: Book. 155pp
Publisher: Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, University of California. (Publication MDS-1249.)
Abstract: Report reviews a 10-state study of work force development efforts in Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin. The book is organized in eight sections. Section 1 describes the overall visions and practices that states have created, examining the difficulties in implementing these visions in section 2. Section 3 analyzes the local-state relationships in the 10 states. Section 4 then details the roles of employers, whose participation is often seen as critical. Section 5 examines the special place of welfare "reform," which has been particularly mandating to state efforts to create coherent work force development programs. Section 6 summarizes the different meanings of coordination and system-building, presenting a hierarchy of coordination efforts as well as highlighting issues of quality. Section 7 clarifies the contradictions in state policies, pinpointing the special difficulties that have affected many states. Section 8 outlines the implications for state and federal policy, including a note on the likely effects of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

 
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