ERIC Number: ED166794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary and Postsecondary Education: The Politics of Accommodation.
Berdahl, Robert O.
The politics of secondary education can be separated into three concerns: the way federal and state governments fit together and the effect of their interface on postsecondary education, the relations between elementary-secondary and postsecondary education, and state policies and postsecondary education. Since federal and state aid and regulation are not now well coordinated, a conference might effectively assess the value of such coordination. The differences between elementary-secondary education and postsecondary education are differences in kind rather than merely in degree. It is time for a major study of the various modes for promoting interlevel coordination. For most of the time in most of the states, the support of higher education by public tax funds has been accompanied by a "self-denying ordinance" by which the state paid but did not dictate policy. By the mid-1970s, however, the self-denying ordinance was generally modified and statewide boards of higher education were developed. Currently, states are going beyond the traditional postaudit concerns with legality and efficiency; they are now making efforts to determine the effectiveness and legitimacy of educational programs. Although there have been some significant developments in literature and research in the politics of higher education, the state of the art is still quite primitive. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal State Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Political Influences, Political Issues, Politics, Program Evaluation, State Aid, State Boards of Education, State Government, State Legislation
Not available separately--see EA 011 280
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Self Denying Ordinance
Note: Paper from "The Changing Politics of Education: Prospects for the 1980's" (EA 011 280); For related documents, see EA 011 280-309