ERIC Number: ED231028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Cutbacks, Consolidation, Deregulation: How They Affect Public Education Agencies in the U.S.
Research and Educational Practice Improvement Notes, Nov 1982
Research based on followup interviews with some "key actors" at the federal level about the most significant recent events in education identified five topics: the cutbacks in federal education spending, the deregulation and decentralization embodied in provisions of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA), proposed and de facto disestablishment of the Department of Education, and deemphasis of education as a national priority. Telephone interviews with the chief state school officers (CSSOs) of nine states centered on these five topics. State agencies were cutting back on a wide range of activities, and all were decreasing their staffs. Respondents generally viewed unknown or loose regulations as being worse than stringent regulations. Decentralization has led to maneuvering among state factions for control of block grants. Disestablishment and deemphasis have resulted in a communication breakdown between CSSOs and people in the Department of Education. Finally, the CSSOs predicted a decline in school improvement activities and a decrease in services targeted to the disadvantaged. The researchers conclude that, although the New Federalism will have long-term effects, it is educators' responsibility to minimize the effects of federal disengagement from education policy. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.