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Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1980
Although providing tuition tax credits to parents of children in private schools could provide several social benefits, several difficulties stand in the way of adopting such a policy. The major difficulty is that tuition tax credits stand a good chance of being declared unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. Tuition tax credit proposals…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1984
State Education Agencies (SEAs), in their pivotal role of representing the interests of both the public and the education establishment, must make constant reassessment of the directions which may be taken to improve education, and of the policy issues and options to be examined. These policy-level considerations can be brought into focus by…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1979
The back-to-basics movement and public demands for educational quality guarantees have led state education agencies (SEA's) to examine their options in four areas: definition of the basics, relevant curricular and programming alternatives, alternatives for evaluating achievement of basics-related goals, and methods of reporting achievements to the…
Descriptors: Back to Basics, Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1979
Current public demands for increased educational quality can best be met at the state education agency (SEA) level, but the SEA is faced with the fact that no single, clearly acceptable definition of educational quality exists. As a result of this lack of consensus, the SEA must examine the policy options available before taking action. First,…
Descriptors: Agency Role, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1980
The options available to state education agencies (SEA's) facing decisions concerning the regulation of controversial course content are discussed in this paper, which uses the issue of whether or not to mandate the teaching of creationism as an example. The author first clarifies the issues in the debate over teaching creationism, touching on the…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Creationism, Curriculum Development
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1980
Planning staff development programs to meet changing state education agency (SEA) needs can best be undertaken by considering first what the SEA is trying to accomplish. If we look at the priorities and emphases given by the SEA to its various managerial, service, and leadership tasks, concepts of agency role and mission begin to emerge. By…
Descriptors: Agency Role, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Objectives
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1980
State education agencies (SEA's) must determine the policies most appropriate for the realization at the state level of the high priority placed on international education by the new U.S. Department of Education. The extent of international education (whether involving the study of different cultures, of foreign languages, of nations and…
Descriptors: Agency Role, Area Studies, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1979
Limitations on governmental taxing and/or spending, exemplified by the "Proposition 13" initiative in California, have been instituted or proposed in a large number of states. As the movement spreads, state education agencies (SEAs) and, especially, chief state school officers have fundamental policy decisions to make. Areas where the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrators, Agency Cooperation, Annotated Bibliographies
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1979
The comprehensiveness and specificity of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and the detailed regulations that accompany them, might seem to foreclose any opportunity for states to develop and follow their own policies. However, reports from chief state school…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Disabilities
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1987
The capabilities of a distance education system to enhance instructional programs of small schools by providing equity and increasing quality of educational opportunity, providing access to subject matter and subject matter experts, and providing interaction and joint activities with students in other schools are of sufficient merit to formulate…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Board of Education Role, Delivery Systems, Distance Education
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1986
The problem of student abuse of drugs and alcohol demands immediate action at the state level to ensure the taking of suitable action at the local level. It is inappropriate for state agencies to refuse to act, to delegate full authority to local agencies, or to try to take an equivocal position; the most reasonable response appears to be to share…
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Policy Formation
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1988
Proposals for the adoption of programs to improve the quality of education frequently emphasize the importance of concentrating on the individual school building as the center of the change process. This emphasis has led to increasing support for moving the locus of decision making downward to bring about what is called "school based…
Descriptors: Decentralization, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Quality
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1985
When establishing statewide and nationally comparable educational evaluation and assessment systems, state education agencies (SEAs) must consider factors affecting policy in at least four areas. First, the full range of purposes for establishing such a system should be clarified. It must be decided whether the system exists to provide data for…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Data Interpretation, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1985
State education agencies are in increasing agreement regarding the basic principles that should underlie state educational assessment programs, though some areas of divergent opinion remain. The agencies generally accept the ideas that comparisons between states will be made, that assessment programs should serve multiple purposes, that meaningful…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Educational Assessment, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1985
Many strategy options are open to state education agencies interested in developing statewide programs to support and guide local school improvement efforts. Agencies can focus on instructional improvement, more general school improvement, improvement of the curricular program, or changes in educational structures. Factors influencing which of…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education