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This document presents findings of a study that examined the feasibility, implications, and requirements of establishing a state clearinghouse for at-risk education under the auspices of the Arizona Department of Education. Data were collected through interviews with four administrative specialists and a survey of three national and five state clearinghouses that specialized in at-risk education and issues. Findings indicate that the concept of providing a state-clearinghouse service has some merit, although startup and maintenance costs are substantial. The recommendation is made to gather more data to confirm the need for such a service. If the decision is made to establish a clearinghouse, the clearinghouse should be part of a comprehensive state plan for technical assistance. Two options are identified: (1) Place the clearinghouse within the Department of Education; or (2) subcontract management of the clearinghouse to the Arizona Prevention Resource Center at the College of Extended Education at Arizona State University. Three tables are included. Appendices contain the survey instrument, Clearinghouse profiles, sample forms and materials, detailed costs by module, and sample job descriptions. (LMI)

Descriptors: Clearinghouses, Cost Effectiveness, Education Service Centers, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Information Services, Information Sources, Resource Centers, Statewide Planning

Autor: Greene, Andrea; Dickey, Linda


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