ERIC Number: ED215081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Issues Involved in the Reauthorization of Vocational Education. Occasional Papers in Educational Policy Analysis. Paper No. 5.
Law, Charles J., Jr.
During the debate concerning the reauthorization of vocational education, a number of factors must be considered pertaining to the issue of federal-state relationships regarding vocational education and national purposes for vocational education. While the federal government uses education as a vehicle for addressing a number of social concerns, education is primarily a state responsibility. However, before the states can meet their educational responsibilities, a set of national purposes for vocational education must be established. Such a set of purposes must delineate federal and state responsibilities and suggest a number of strategies so that the following areas can be addressed: increasing national productivity, dealing with unemployment, supporting national defense, providing equitable access to training and jobs, providing remediation necessary for employment, and alleviating poverty. There are a number of ways in which vocational education can be improved through the reauthorization process, including (1) establishing incentives to encourage states to enact their own vocational education legislation; (2) rewarding those states developing innovative ways to accomplish national purposes; (3) allowing for differentiated funding of states, based on differing needs; and (4) concentrating on the degree to which states meet agreed upon goals rather than on procedures used to reach goals. (MN)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Financial Support, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Program Improvement, Public Policy, School Role, State Action, Vocational Education
Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement, P.O. Box 12746, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 ($1.75; 20% discount on five or more copies).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement, Research Triangle Park, NC.