chapter  35
42 Pages



T h e p r e s i d e n t ’s 1979 education budget, in marked contrast to its recent predecessors, proposes substantial spending increases and sev­ eral new initiatives. Although it may be premature to talk with cer­ tainty about the new administration’s education policy, the budget is, in fact, the single most important policy statement In addition, sev­ eral events of the last year contributed to the accumulation of deci­ sions and actions that collectively constitute policy: (1 ) expiring legislation provided an opportunity for the administration to develop reauthorization proposals for most elementary and secondary educa­ tion programs; (2 ) congressional interest in tuition tax credits forced a review of existing student aid policy in a search for alternatives; and (3 ) President Carter’s decision to create a department of education gave rise to active investigation of reorganization options. This chap­ ter examines each of these topics together with the 1979 budget re­ quest in order to form a tentative judgment on the nature and direc­ tion of the Carter administration’s education policy.