ERIC Number: ED238145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Getting Your Fair Share of Block Grant Money: First Year of Chapter 2 Block Grants.
Nelson, Lewis M., Jr.
This document suggests how state boards of education can get a fair share of block grant monies from the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981. States' decisions regarding distribution of block grant monies involve three significant characteristics: (1) almost all states keep 20 percent of the grant (the maximum allowed) at the state department of education level; (2) enrollment accounts for the majority of funding to school districts; and (3) dollar amounts allocated on the basis of individual children are very small. To get a fair share of the block grant monies, educators should look at competitive grants to see if the state is offering any, review the high cost factors (such as economic need, desegregation, and exceptional students) being used by the state's department of education (to see what types of districts are receiving more per pupil allocation), and ensure that the school district has applied for its grant money. The paper concludes that the block grant has passed back the responsibility for school spending to school districts. (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 2
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (San Francisco, CA, April 23-26, 1983).