ERIC Number: ED224139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Deregulation Critique of the Federal Role in Education.
Clune, William H., III
The deregulation critique of the federal role in education asserts that education can be as productive with less federal intervention. This critique can be broken down into three groupings of separate criticisms. The first group denies the value or feasibility of federal goals. These criticisms insist either that federal goals are not worthwhile or not properly federal or that federal programs are unnecessary or ineffective. The second group of criticisms addresses the basic forms of federal intervention and implies the need for different means or policy instruments. Reduction not of aid but of the strings attached, through block grants, is one implication of such criticism, as is the suggestion that the federal role emphasize assistance in reaching goals rather than the monitoring of legal compliance. Finally, the third group of criticisms seeks to reduce "legalisms" in the techniques of federal intervention. However, not all legalisms are wasteful and some are as unrestrictive as possible, so wholesale "delegalization" may reduce programs' effectiveness. To benefit from deregulation without reducing effectiveness, deregulation at the levels of goals, forms, and techniques must be selective, reordering some federal priorities, maintaining conditional grants, and specifying contexts for the reduction of legalisms. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Compliance (Legal), Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Government Role, Legal Problems, Program Effectiveness
Publications, Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, School of Education, CERAS Building, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.; Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.
Note: Prepared for the IFG Seminar on Law and Education.