ERIC Number: ED311101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Fiscal Containment and the Expendable Curriculum [Chapter Seven].
Catterall, James S.
This analysis is the seventh of a series of seven reports on the ways that the urban fiscal crisis has affected children. The fiscal containment imposed on California schools after the enactment of Proposition 13 in 1978 has resulted in changes in urban high school curricula over the past five years. A telephone survey of school personnel and parents in the state's eight largest urban school districts was conducted to assess the nature and extent of curricular change. Summary conclusions include the following: (1) the elimination of the "comprehensive" high school was seen as directly related to financial constraints; (2) loss of "comprehensiveness" was characterized by the elimination of arts, enrichment, and vocational courses; (3) the primary implications of these changes is that students must now go elsewhere for enriched academic experiences; and (4) all interviewees were alarmed at the prospect of continued reduction and cutbacks in all course offerings outside the core curriculum. Current trends in curricular reform demanding a back-to-basics emphasis may require elimination of those course that have previously been reduced. Statistical data are included on four tables. A list of five references and a copy of the interview questionnaire are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 13 (California 1978)