ERIC Number: ED354636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-3
Reference Count: N/A
Redefining the Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education: Reauthorization of the ESEA. Updated. CRS Issue Brief.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 is the primary law authorizing most federal aid to elementary and secondary schools and is up for reauthorization during the 103rd Congress. Major ESEA programs provide assistance in four areas: to help meet the special educational needs of disadvantaged or limited English proficient pupils; to improve instruction of mathematics, science, and drug abuse prevention; to encourage innovation in instructional techniques; and to provide aid through block grants for supplementary resources and services. A total of $8.6 billion has been appropriated for ESEA programs for FY1993. Almost 80 percent of this was appropriated for the Title I, Chapter 1 programs for educating disadvantaged children. Several areas may be considered during reauthorization of the ESEA: the federal role in developing national and state school curriculum and assessment standards, funding to schools with poor or other high-need students, educational innovation and restructuring, and reduced federal regulation in exchange for greater accountability. School choice has also been a controversial reform proposal. Lastly, improving the readiness of students to enter the work force is a subject of debate. A list of additional readings is included. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act