ERIC Number: ED454580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Options for Restructuring the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
Reuter, Peter; Timpane, P. Michael
Critics of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) point to both structural and substantive failures to explain the program's ineffectiveness. Moves toward reauthorization in Congress create the opportunity to consider needed reforms. Reform options should target those students most in need, ensure effective implementation, promote evaluation, require accountability, improve program capacity, and constrain administrative costs. Chapter 1, "Introduction," reviews the societal and legislative trends culminating in passage of the SDFSCA. Chapter 2, "Assessment," critically examines the program, reviewing such weaknesses as stagnant budgets, poor distribution of funds, vague goals, and a lack of coordination with other programs. Recent changes and new guidelines have begun to improve program effectiveness. Chapter 3, "Changing the Program," offers criteria to use in evaluating proposed reforms and considers a recent Clinton-era reform effort. Chapter 4, "Conclusion and Recommendations," suggests that combining drug prevention and antiviolence efforts under one program should be reconsidered. Specific recommendations for reforms include changing the within-state allocation formula to better reflect district capacities, replacing formula with direct federal grants, and creating requirements for local and state efforts. Any effective reform will require that the federal government stimulate greater local capacity and authority. (Contains 18 references.) (TEJ)
Descriptors: Drug Legislation, Drug Use, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Illegal Drug Use, Policy Analysis, Policy Formation, Program Effectiveness, Public Health Legislation, Public Policy, Resource Allocation, School Safety, Self Injurious Behavior
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RAND, Santa Monica, CA. Drug Policy Research Center.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act