ERIC Number: ED256025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec-28
Reference Count: 0
Public Involvement in Block Grant Decisions: Multiple Opportunities Provided but Interest Groups Have Mixed Reactions to States' Efforts. Report to the Congress.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
This report, one of a series on block grant implementation, describes the efforts 13 states have made to involve the public in their block grant decisions, and the reaction of various state-level interest groups to those efforts. These public input opportunities were established in response to federal requirements, but also on account of the greater discretion available to the states. The public's opportunity to participate in block grant program decisions has been increased by the availability of more than one forum for public input, such as hearings and opportunities to comment on draft intended-use reports. There has also been greater activity among interest groups and more involvement by state elected officials. However, interest groups were split in their assessment of state efforts to solicit their input. The report concludes that federal public participation requirements, in conjunction with states' own methods, promote multiple opportunities for public involvement and create settings where different degrees of emphasis were placed on a wide variety of issues. Three appendixes supply (1) a list of General Accounting Office (GAO) reports on implementation of block grants, (2) a description of GAO's data collection methodology, and (3) an analysis of interest group characteristics related to their degree of satisfaction with state input processes. (TE)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Citizen Participation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Government School Relationship, Hearings, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Politics of Education, Public Opinion, Public Support, School Support, State Federal Aid
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 1981