ERIC Number: ED266079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
A Clash of Ideologies: The Reagan Administration Versus the Women's Educational Equity Act.
The decade of the 1980's has seen the beginning of a great debate over the federal government's involvement in the nation's schools. The history of one program, the Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA), sheds light on how the Reagan Administration has entered that debate. Congress created WEEA to help schools and colleges educate females for full participation in modern life. In 1981 the Reagan administration indicated that it was opposed to federal money being used to bring about social change. This shift in philosophy became particularly evident in Department of Education policies. In March 1981 Reagan asked Congress to eliminate the WEEA program. Bipartisan support for the program in Congress prevented this action. In 1982 the Department of Education's "Field Reader Outreach Program" became a primary vehicle for shifting the emphasis of federal funding away from equity efforts. This program proposed to select grant proposal readers from among non-experts. Also in 1982 the WEEA program director was temporarily removed and an advisory council director was fired. What has happened and will happen to WEEA is a microcosm of what is happening to women's rights in general and in education specifically under the Reagan administration. (LP)
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Government Role, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Sex Fairness, Womens Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization for Women, Washington, DC. Project on Equal Education Rights.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Womens Educational Equity Act