ERIC Number: ED404411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Maintaining Set-Aside Programs under School Decentralization. A Review of Legal Mandates.
Moag, Joseph S.; Theodore, Nikolas C.
The Chicago (Illinois) Board of Education has been engaged in a process of system-wide reorganization that may shift the locus of decision-making authority for many administrative functions from the Central Office to individual schools. Proponents of decentralization contend that restructuring will reduce costs and increase efficiencies at the Chicago Public Schools. Decentralizing the school district's purchasing process raises serious questions as to how the school system's Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program (M/WBE) can continue to operate and succeed in achieving its goals. This study examines the potential impact of the decentralization of purchasing on the M/WBE program, an affirmative set-aside program designed to increase access to government contracting opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. Court rulings have stipulated that for an M/WBE program to be constitutional, it must include race- and gender-neutral policies, be narrowly tailored, and administered in a flexible manner. An increase in decentralized purchasing may strain the ability of the district to operate the policies that are necessary to a constitutional M/WBE program because it may affect the four race- and gender-neutral remedies that have been defined for the current program: (1) accelerated vendor payments; (2) reduced bonding, bid deposit, and insurance requirements; (3) debundling of larger contracts; and (4) technical assistance. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Urban League, IL.