ERIC Number: ED310253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-22
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education: Opportunity To Prepare for the Future. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and the Humanities, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, United States Senate.
Gainer, William J.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) studied the implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act in six states (Arkansas, California, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) to determine if the funds are being used properly, to fulfill the objectives of providing vocational education to the disadvantaged and handicapped and encouraging program improvement. GAO found that, although Perkins Act funds, by and large, are being used appropriately to serve these populations, a number of problems exist in target funding allocations and data collection. For example, economically depressed areas in Arkansas, California, and Pennsylvania received less Perkins program improvement funding per vocational education student than do other local areas in those states. GAO also identified program allocation mechanisms that tend to direct funding to more affluent areas and away from poor communities. Relatively wealthy areas are sometimes designated "economically depressed" for Perkins Act purposes and therefore provide greater per-student funding than truly depressed areas. and the students are sometimes classified as "disadvantaged" when they are only academically disadvantaged but not poor, thus gaining a greater level of funding. Finally, disadvantaged and handicapped funds returned to states by poor communities can be reallocated to wealthier areas within the state. GAO also found that complete and reliable data on vocational education enrollment and spending were unavailable at either national or state levels. (KC)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educationally Disadvantaged, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, Resource Allocation, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First five copies free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984