ERIC Number: ED210785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Aggregate Effects of Federal Education Programs.
Kimbrough, Jackie; Hill, Paul T.
To gather empirical evidence about the effects of multiple federal programs on school and school district operations, researchers interviewed teachers, principals, and categorical program coordinators at 24 elementary schools in eight districts across the nation. All the schools had four or more federal categorical programs and were known to be having difficulties administering them. The research revealed two major problems: interference between categorical programs and the local core program; and cross-subsidy, or the use of categorical funds intended for one group to provide services to another. Interference involved such problems as interruption or replacement of core instruction, clashes in teaching methods, administrative burdens, staff conflicts, and segregation of students. Cross-subsidy problems included providing funded services to unfunded programs, reducing funded services, and diverting personnel from one program to another. The evidence indicated that the problems resulted from both the multiplicity of federal programs and the choices of local administrators. The researchers recommend that the number of programs and the competition between funded and unfunded programs be reduced; that local administrators be assisted in coordinating programs; and that categorical programs be consolidated to increase effectiveness. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Categorical Aid, Conflict, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Education, Federal Programs, Government School Relationship, Program Administration, Program Implementation
Rand Corp., Publications Dept., 1700 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90406 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.