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ERIC Number: ED424623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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Blended Resources at the Local Level: An Analysis of Five Districts' Models.
McLaughlin, Margaret J.; Rhim, Lauren Morando; Henderson, Kelly
More and more legislatures are introducing program consolidation to assist districts anxious to increase flexibility and reduce fragmentation among categorical programs. To assess this strategy, findings related to efforts to achieve greater flexibility and consolidation of resources across special education, Title I, and programs for language-minority students in five local school districts are presented here. For this study, program consolidation refers to the margin of the delivery of federal education programs. The findings were derived from a 3-year investigation of education-reform initiatives implemented in local school districts in five states, with an emphasis on the initiatives' impact upon students with disabilities. The specific strategies that each district used to blend funds and other resources across targeted programs are discussed along with a cross-site analysis identifying similarities and differences in tactics. In addition, conclusions are drawn regarding factors that contributed to or impeded effective program consolidation efforts, followed by recommendations for districts contemplating greater program blending. Results indicate that program consolidation coupled with schoolwide ownership of all students may provide previously untested opportunities to contribute to the delivery of the best educational services in a more efficient manner to all students. An appendix summarizes the five districts' profiles. (Contains 19 references.)(RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I