ERIC Number: ED210774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: N/A
Recommended Specifications for Grant Simplification for Federal Aid to Education. Occasional Papers in Educational Policy Analysis, Paper No. 2.
Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement, Research Triangle Park, NC.
Based on the premises that there is a legitimate federal role in education, that federal education programs need to be simplified, that federal aid must pass through states to the local school districts, and that state and local agencies should be accountable for using federal resources, this paper offers specifications to suggest ways to eliminate unnecessary features of current federal programs. In relation to the controversy over whether it is preferable to institute a form of special revenue sharing or to tighten federal controls, the authors urge a combination of strict accountability for outcomes and wide latitude in determining how those outcomes are achieved. Included in the discussion are programs under Titles I, II, III, IV, and V of the Elementary Secondary Education Act. Recommendations include maintaining the categorical identity of some programs, such as compensatory education, education for severely handicapped children, vocational education, and educational research and development, and consolidating others. This grant simplification proposal would incorporate the principles of "hold harmless" (giving assurances that grantees will receive a minimum allocation based on the previous year's award), performance accountability, and shared state and local control. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Federal State Relationship, State Departments of Education, State School District Relationship
Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement, Information/Dissemination Component, P.O. Box 12746, 200 Park Offices, Suite 111, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 ($1.75).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement, Research Triangle Park, NC.