ERIC Number: ED256024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-11
Reference Count: N/A
Block Grants Brought Funding Changes and Adjustments to Program Priorities. Report to the Congress.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
This report, one of a series, analyzes states' decisions on how to use block grant funds. Under block grants, states obtained greater decision-making authority to set program priorities and determine the use of funds than they had under the prior categorical programs. At the same time, federal appropriations to states under block grants were generally less than under the former programs. Accordingly, states employed three major strategies during 1982 and 1983 to mitigate the effect of initial federal funding reductions that occurred in most block grants. These included (1) taking advantage of available funds from the prior categorical programs, (2) transferring funds from among block grants, and (3) increasing the use of state funds. However, the applicability of these strategies varied by block grant. Overall, program areas that had been funded under the categorical programs continued to receive support under the block grants, though changes in funding patterns emerged as states established their own priorities in dealing with limited funds. An appendix lists General Accounting Office (GAO) reports issued to date on implementation of block grants. (TE)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Government School Relationship, Politics of Education, School Funds, School Support, State Aid, State Federal Aid
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 1981