ERIC Number: ED443191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul-2
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Why Congress Should Overhaul the Federal Regional Education Laboratories [and] Executive Summary. The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, Number 1200.
Shokraii, Nina H.
Through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), the government seeks to develop quality teaching techniques and encourage school districts across the country to adopt the most successful of them. However, in light of OERI's potential to contribute significantly to the quality of the nation's education, a review of its activities is especially disappointing. Its work is fragmented and apparently vulnerable to politicization and manipulation. This is especially true for OERI's regional education laboratories. By nearly all accounts, what they have produced has been largely irrelevant to the classroom. Their work suffers from research overlap, an overemphasis on service delivery at the expense of quality, and a lack of objectivity and responsible scientific methodology. Moreover, recent reports by the Department of Education's own inspector general have revealed significant mismanagement of federal funds at some laboratories. This paper suggests that laboratory funding should be tied to programs that boost academic outcomes. (DFR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Financial Problems, Internet, Public Schools, Research Projects
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.