ERIC Number: ED371490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
How Chapter 2 Operates at the Federal, State, and Local Levels. Final Report.
Ruskus, Joan; And Others
Chapter 2 of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is a formula grant program providing funds for state and local education agencies to improve elementary and secondary education, meet the special educational needs of at-risk/high-cost students, and support innovative school programs. The study describes and evaluates the range of educational improvement activities supported by Chapter 2; documents program administration practices at federal, state, and local levels; highlights program changes since reauthorization in 1988; and discusses policy alternatives leading to program improvement. The report contains extensive case studies of 6 state education agencies (in Vermont, Mississippi, Indiana, Maryland, Colorado, and Texas) and 18 school districts within the 6 study states. A mail survey of all state education agencies and 1,500 school districts was also conducted. Generally, Chapter 2 funds have not spearheaded local/state reforms, but have provided a convenient funding source for already agreed-upon reforms. Although most Chapter 2 states and districts do not target particular groups of students, those that do, serve at-risk/high-cost students. There is no unifying improvement theme. Included are an executive summary, a bibliography of 16 references, and appendices containing regulatory information, the surveys, qualitative analysis codes, local and state Chapter 2 activities, and recommendations for new target areas. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I