This paper proposes specific policy changes that could result in a more efficient, effective, and equitable system of public education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Although collaboratives are local organizations focused on meeting local needs in a cost-effective manner, the state needs to take a leadership role in fostering their development and utilization.
About M. Craig Stanley
M. CRAIG STANLEY served for 27 years until 2004 as the executive director of the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative, a multi-purpose collaborative comprising 10 school districts in northeastern Massachusetts. Prior to that he was a classroom teacher and a school psychologist. He holds a doctorate in school administration from Boston College where his area of expertise was school finance. His doctoral dissertation was an analysis of the cost effectiveness of educational collaborative service expansion. Having served as a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Educational Service Agencies and as President of the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives, he has written and lectured extensively on the cost effectiveness of regional educational service delivery. Dr. Stanley is currently engaged in educational research and development.