This paper argues that the structure of the P-20 Education Partnership (P-20) will not
ensure the implementation of its recommendations or change policy. Instead it will simply result
in thoughtful reports that may or may not be read. Minnesota does not need another group
meeting to brainstorm ways to improve our education system. Minnesota instead needs an
organization structured to implement policy changes that meet the needs of its students. The P-
20 is an excellent base but its structure must be changed and the political momentum addressed
to ensure that there is ‘organizational competence’.iii
Using the lens offered by the four frames in Bolman and Deal’s book, Reframing
Organizations, and requirements of an effective organization in Olmstead’s book, Creating the
Functionally Competent Organization, this paper will show that the P-20’s current structure as
defined in statute must be changed if it is to effect policy. A legislatively designated
organization that has the capacity to affect policy is a Commission. Therefore, the
recommendation of this paper is for the legislature to amend the P-20 Education Partnership in
statute and designate it as a Commission.
For comparison, I analyzed three Commissions: The Health Care Access Commission,
the Commission to End Poverty by 2020, and the Minnesota Budget Trends Study Commission.
Lessons learned from these Commissions, as viewed from the multi-frame perspective, will
inform the final recommendation so that the best structure is defined in statute for the P-20
As stated earlier, this report’s recommendations are primarily focused on changing the P-
20’s definition in statute. However, the political environment also plays a role in whether a
Commission is a ‘success’. In order to appropriately address the manner politics plays in
influencing policy, this paper will make additional recommendations for the Commission outside
of its statute.
Kojasoy, Shannon. P-20 Education Commission Adding Action to Process. 2 Dec. 2009. Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Master of Public Affairs.
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy degree.
P-20 Education Commission Adding Action to Process.
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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