ERIC Number: ED215396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-9
Reference Count: 0
Toward a New Partnership in Public Education. Pennsylvania's Strategy for Giving Greater Flexibility to Local Schools. A Budget & Policy Brief.
Thornburgh, Dick; Scanlon, Robert
Proposed changes in Pennsylvania state funding for and regulation of public education are presented in this pamplet by the state's governor and secretary of education. The funding proposal calls for a new local education block grant, totalling $127 million, in the state budget. The funds are to be distributed to school districts for basic education. The regulatory changes proposed involve reducing the number of state mandates that school district officials have to follow. According to the authors, surveys of local education officials have identified 21 of the state's 50 education mandates as burdensome. The pamphlet lists the 21 items, giving for each the mandate on which it is based, the problems caused, and the recommended change. For eight mandates the authors propose legislative changes, covering such areas as student suspensions, employee relations, and special students. Regulatory changes are suggested for four mandates, involving intramural physical education, teacher inservice training, and plans for student services and records. The authors recommend administrative changes for the final nine mandates, including planning requirements, employee certification, teacher assignment, programs for exceptional children, and curriculum guidelines. (RW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Governor's Office, Harrisburg.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.