ERIC Number: ED307374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Policies To Help Disadvantaged Children: Financing Options for the 1990s. Changing Domestic Priorities Discussion Paper.
Barnes, Roberta Ott; And Others
This paper estimates the costs of several approaches to increasing federal assistance to disadvantaged children and evaluates major funding strategies that could overcome the restrictions posed by the federal budget deficit. Approaches favored by conservatives, such as strengthening behavioral standards for children, sponsoring demonstration projects at state and local levels, and giving families with children more choice over the government services they receive, would probably cost between $1 and $4 billion annually. The more comprehensive approaches favored by liberals, which emphasize developing skills and safeguarding health while meeting basic needs for food, shelter and clothing, would probably cost between $10 and $20 billion annually. Different combinations of funding strategies could finance even the most expensive programs, but each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The following strategies are evaluated: (1) federal financing through conventional budget procedures; (2) special federal financing mechanisms; (3) state, local, and private financing; and (4) reallocation of federal funds already spent on children. Statistical data are included on six tables. A list of 100 references is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Budgets, Child Welfare, Compensatory Education, Cost Estimates, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Finance, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Minority Group Children, Program Evaluation, Retrenchment, Welfare Services
The Urban Institute, P.O. Box 7273, Department C, Washington, DC 20044 ($6.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.