ERIC Number: ED234491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The New Federalism in Education: State Responses to the 1981 Education Consolidation and Improvement Act.
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Marks, Ellen L.
The Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA) of 1981 is intended to provide opportunities for states and local governments to have more control of their educational programs and to deregulate the administration of federal programs. Introduced at a time when state funding and revenue systems are in flux and severely depleted, it presents states with many unanswered questions. ECIA funds are intended for working on school improvement programs, but lowered funding means officials' attention will be directed toward maintenance of existing programs. Decision-making relationships are left unclear by the ECIA, and compliance standards are uncertain. Chapter 1 of the ECIA will reduce educational services in nearly all school systems, and chapter 2 will do the same in at least the major cities. State education officials are concerned about the lack of direction provided by the United States Department of Education with respect to acceptable practices to be used in administering the ECIA. The amount of deregulation resulting from the ECIA is minimal; in some cases centralized decision-making is increased by the ECIA's policy of nonspecificity. State officials are keenly aware of the ambiguities in chapter 3, which extends responsibility to the states at the same time that it withholds controls. Further research on the effects of the ECIA should focus on administrative and programmatic changes that occur after implementation. (MD)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Federal State Relationship, Finance Reform, Financial Problems, Governing Boards, Program Administration, Program Improvement, School Budget Elections, School Funds, School Taxes, State Agencies, State Departments of Education, State Federal Aid, State Government, State Legislation
Publications, The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90406 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers: Department of Education; Education Consolidation and Improvement Act 1981; New Federalism