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    The Role of the States in Federal Education Programs

    Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin
    Milbrey McLaughlin's analysis of selected state responses to the 1981 Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA) suggests that the New Federalism in education will have a number of negative consequences. She argues that although the federal programs consolidated by this legislation needed reform, ECIA creates new problems that will hamper the achievement of its goals of providing services for needy students and supporting efforts to improve educational practice. The act not only reduces funding for these purposes, but also disrupts practitioner networks, diminishes state authority and flexibility, and Balkanizes federal education policy. Lorenza Calvillo-Craig concurs with the analysis of ECIA, emphasizing that states are unlikely to continue to address the needs of the educationally disadvantaged. She takes issue, however, with the assertion that previous categorical programs generated unnecessary red tape. Richard Hodes argues that while many of the criticisms of ECIA may be valid, the act is not in fact an expression of the New Federalism. He endorses the New Federalism as a means of reasserting the Tenth Amendment, and debates the assertion that many states lack the capacity to assume the responsibility given them by ECIA.

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    Winter 1982 Issue


    The Federal Role in Education
    T.H. Bell
    The Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education, 1940-1980
    Carl F. Kaestle and Marshall S. Smith
    The Federal Role in American Indian Education
    Frank Anthony Ryan
    The Federal Role in Increasing Equality of Educational Opportunity
    Kenneth S. Tollett
    Federal Grants and Educational Equity
    Henry M. Levin
    Policy and Organization
    The Impact of State and Federal Educational Policy on School Governance
    David K. Cohen
    The Importance of the Federal Role in Improving Educational Practice
    Lessons from a Big-City School System
    Thomas K. Minter
    The Federal Role in Educational Improvement
    Brenda J. Turnbull
    The Federal Role in Educational Research
    P. Michael Timpane
    The Role of the States in Federal Education Programs
    Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin
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