ERIC Number: ED159249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
From Congressional Intent to Local Program Delivery: Present Reality in the Administration of Title I, ESEA.
Burnes, Donald W.; Moss, Richard L.
IRCD Bulletin, v13 n1 Win 1978
Federal and State public policy aimed at educational improvement consists of many individually designed and implemented programs, including Title I. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) develops and disseminates Title I policies and guidelines and provides direction to States and local districts through monitoring and enforcement activities. In its study of Title I administration, the National Institute of Education (NIE) examined Federal performance of these two roles. NIE concluded that the present approach is basically sound, but identified several deficiencies. The legal framework is not sufficiently clear to meet the needs of Title I directors, nor do States have a total picture of Federal policy. These problems are exacerbated by inconsistencies in the way that the Office of Education (USOE) and HEW Audit Agency monitor and enforce the legal framework. In addition, States vary considerably in the way they undertake their Title I responsibility. NIE has nonetheless identified common themes that promote the administration of the program: (1) the distinction between the funds allocation requirements and the legal provisions concerning program development; (2) the emergence of a core group of Title I administrators who are dedicated to serving disadvantaged children; and (3) the importance of federal administrative activity for the entire Title I program. However, USOE and the States must find ways of assisting local districts if Title I is to meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged children from low income areas. (Author/MC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; National Institute of Education