ERIC Number: ED244396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-6
Reference Count: 0
The "Safety Net" after Three Years: Income Maintenance and Redistribution Programs in the Regan Administration: Education.
Doyle, Denis P.; Hartle, Terry W.
Assessing the Reagan Administration's first 3 years in office, this paper evaluates the administration's inability to enact its education agenda, which included reductions of federal regulations, cuts in education spending, tuition tax credits, prayer in the public schools, and abolishing the Department of Education. The consolidation of programs into a single Block Grant called Chapter II and the consolidation of Title I programs in Chapter I eliminated many of the strings that governed state and local use of federal funds. Ironically, reduction of regulatory requirements has moved the government closer to federal support for education. Another legislative change reduced student eligibility under the Guaranteed Student Loan Program (GSL). The administration has successfully reduced federal education spending. Between 1980-84 educational appropriations (when adjusted for inflation) fell by 14.5 percent over all categories. Reforming education regulations proved difficult, and little has been accomplished. Except for the Chapter I program, consolidation has been unsuccessful. Tuition tax credits were rejected by the Senate. Plans to restructure financial aid were never seriously considered, and the Department of Education remains in existence. Overall, education policy under President Reagan has changed very little, and the federal role in education looks very much as it did under the past four administrations. (Author/MD)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Regulation, Higher Education, Private Schools, Special Education, State Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, Tax Credits, Tuition
Publications Sales, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1150 17th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Education Consolidation and Improvement Act 1981; National Commission on Excellence in Education; National Institute of Education; Omnibus Reconciliation Act 1981; Reagan Administration; Social Security Benefits; Supreme Court
Note: Prepared for American Enterprise Institute Public Policy Week. Inside cover title: A President Goes to School: The Reagan Administration's First Three Years with the Department of Education.