ERIC Number: ED226428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-27
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Block Grants for Small Schools: Or What Happens after LEAs Go "Cold-Turkey" from Federal Directives.
Hearn, Norman E.
The consolidation of 42 federal education programs into block grants, under the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981, will have varied effects that might help or hurt rural or small schools. Legislatures and district superintendents are presently unsure what to do with the block grants, since they are used to more specific federal direction. The new law requires state formulas distributing the block grants to take into account higher-than-average-cost students (as in rural or small schools). The law provides for the states to grant money to all local education agencies (LEAs) that ask, but because overall federal aid was lowered, rural and small schools may get less total federal aid. The new law may also lead to political and financial pressures for states or LEAs to consolidate schools or districts. States may be unwilling to give small or rural LEAs the money for higher cost students. Advisory committees for state education agencies, meant to help devise the state's formula, may wield too much power, and legislators or governors may try to impose their priorities. Communication between public and private schools may increase, however. In general, unless states complicate the process, block grants will be good for rural and small schools. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education Consolidation and Improvement Act 1981; State Aid Formulas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (114th, New Orleans, LA, February 26-March 1, 1982).