ERIC Number: ED348454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Fiscal Deregulation, Urban Schools, and Chapter One: The Case of School-Wide Projects.
Herrington, Carolyn D.; And Others
This paper examines traditional regulatory concerns of urban educators in administering Chapter 1 programs, tracks the impact of a recent deregulatory provision (school-wide projects) enacted in 1988 and other amendments to Chapter 1 legislation, and discusses the reform's effectiveness given the increasingly severe problems facing many urban children. The experiences of 4 large urban school districts in Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois), Dade County (Florida), and Dallas (Texas) in implementing 60 school-wide projects in 1989-90 reflect the diversity of large urban school systems. The 1988 school-wide project reform has had a modest impact. In Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas, it has not been vigorously pursued. The reform has had the least impact in Chicago, whose system is reeling from massive, state-legislated restructuring that overwhelms district personnel and overshadows other initiatives. In Dade County, the reform has been implemented enthusiastically (with 48 school-wide projects in 1989-90), but only incremental improvements in academic achievement are predicted. The reform may not address the critical educational and social problems facing large urban school districts today. Recasting Chapter 1 schools as full-service schools would allow program resources and strategies to become part of a comprehensive strategy addressing poor inner-city children's needs. Included are 18 references and 1 table. (RLC)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Inner City, Program Administration, School Districts, Social Problems, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Deregulation; Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1; Hawkins Stafford Act 1988; Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (New Orleans, LA, March 1992).