ERIC Number: ED404009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Building Strong Communities: Crafting a Legislative Foundation.
Finance Project, Washington, DC.
Public financing for education and an array of other children's services has become a topic of significant political concern. This toolkit is intended to assist state and local leaders, who are charged with writing bills and formulating legislative strategies, to create state/community partnerships that will facilitate the development of comprehensive community support systems. Section 1 outlines the context and rationale for legislative reform; methods for developing legislative strategy; and the toolkit's purpose, contents and intended uses. Section 2 contains sample legislation for comprehensive, community-based support systems, including the following subsections: legislative findings and intent; definitions; strengthening community support systems; building state government collaboration; creating a state child and family fund; and overcoming institutional barriers to state and community support systems. Section 3 is a guide for tailoring legislation to the needs, priorities, and policy context of specific states and is organized to correspond to the sections of the sample legislation, with a rationale and overview for each section. Section 4 is a review and analysis of federal and state legislation for children and families, highlighting key similarities, differences, trends over time, and noteworthy features. Section 5 is a guide to references and sources for related topic areas presented. (SD)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Children, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Community Services, Community Support, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Finance Reform, Legislation, Policy Formation, Political Issues, Politics of Education, Public Agencies, Public Health Legislation, Public Policy, School Funds, School Support, Social Action, State Legislation
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.