ERIC Number: ED363925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-30
Reference Count: N/A
Regulatory Equity and Effectiveness: Issues of Will, Capacity, and Legitimation in New Jersey.
Firestone, William A.; Nagle, Brianna
When New Jersey passed the Quality Education Act to equalize expenditures between rich and poor school districts, it added a level of regulatory oversight to the "special needs districts," the 30 poorest districts in the state. This paper describes that oversight system and the additional paperwork burdens it created for those districts. It also explores the political context that contributed to the new system and the past abuses that it might help to correct. State-level policy development was tracked through document analysis and interviews with officials on the State Board of Education and in the Department of Education. Longitudinal case studies of 12 school districts involved analysis of district records and interviews with the district superintendent, administrative staff members, a union leader, the board president, a city government representative, principals, teachers, and school staff. A conclusion is that where coordination between the new system and the old was successful, the new system was moderately effective in improving the performance of those districts. However, it questions the use of an input criterion--legal status and expected funding increases--rather than a performance criterion such as student learning or avoidance of financial mismanagement for determining which districts should undergo such oversight. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey