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Statement on behalf of the

National Advisory Council on
Supplementary Centers and Services

by

Arthur Ballantine

Chairman

on

Extension of The Elementary and Secondary Education Act

before the

Subcommittee on Education Committee on Labor and Public Welfare

United States Senate

Wednesday, September 12, 1973

Chairman Pell and Members of the Subcommittee on Education:

My name is Arthur Ballantine, and I am Chairman of the National

Advisory Council on Supplementary Centers and Services.

The Council is

mandated by the Eleme

tary and Secondary Education Act to advise the

President and the Congress concerning Title III of that Act, which pro

vides funds for innovation in education.

I appreciate the opportunity of

appearing before this Committee.

The members of the National Advisory Council have asked me to

express our support for the efforts of this Committee to stimulate discus

sion of the problems which confront us in education.

We concur with

Senator Pell's desire expressed in his comments introducing s. 1539, to

bring about a fundamental reassessment of what we are, what we have done,

and what we ought to do.

Indeed, this is what we believe the function of

an advisory council to be.

We are honored to participate in this effort

with the members of this Committee, all of whom we know to be dedicated

to the improvement of American education.

I am from the state of Colorado

and I have great respect for the ability and dedication of the member of

the Committee from my home state, Senator Dominick.

We believe Title III to be a well-written and effective piece of

legislation which accomplishes what Congress intended it to do.

We are

convinced that federal encouragement of innovation in education has been

invaluable during the past ten years and is indispensable for the future.

For these reasons, we support the extension of Title III of the Elementary

and Secondary Education Act as provided in S. 1539.

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Most of us who serve on this Council had little or no contact with

Title III before becoming members.

Our observations about the program

are made as educators and lay persons and are based on what we have seen

and heard during our terms of service on the Council.

We would like to

convey to this Committee our reasons for recommending continuation of

Title III.

First, we have seen that Title III has a very important leadership

role in American education.

Every Title III project must be innovative;

that is, it must take an approach which is new in its locality.

A project

may be unique, or it may be a creative adaptation or expansion of proven

ideas, and all are expected to take account of the research findings in

their fields.

Funds appropriated for Title III go directly into projects where they

affect the daily learning and teaching experiences of children and teachers.

This is educational development inrough the application of research, and for

most school districts, the money available from Title III is the only money

from any source for this purpose.

Local schools are hard-pressed for basic

funds to support their traditional programs, and it is a rare superintendent

who has at his command the fiscal resources to implement innovation.

The contribution of Title III to the continuing renewal of American

education is,

then,

what Senator Pell referred to in his remarks introducing

S. 1539 in the Senate, when he said:

Educational practices and methods have changed more rapidly in the last decade than during any previous 10-year period in the history of education. As a result, a greater proportion of our children are learning more and more quickly than ever before. The Federal stimulus has been, in part at least, responsible for these improvements.

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We believe the case can be made even more strongly.

We believe that

the federal interest in and support for innovation has been the crucial

factor in educational change in these ten years.

In perfor: ing its leadership role, Title III is aided by several

characteristics of the legislation.

One is its flexibility. Title III

funds can be used in any area of the elementary and secondary curriculum,

and they are not targeted to any one specific student or teacher population.

Title III has therefore been able to respond across-the-board to new educa

tional needs as they have arisen during the past ten years.

There is

hardly an area of federal concern for education, as expressed in recent or

proposed legislation, in which you will not find Title III pilot projects

already operating.

This is true in such fields as career education,

environ

mental education, programs for the gifted and talented, education of the

handicapped, preschool education, ethnic studies, reading, and bilingual

education.

If these resources of active, ongoing experience were effec

tively utilized, they could serve as a reservoir of tested expertise for

other federal education programs.

Another feature of the Title III legislation, and one about which I

have some personal knowledge, is the requirement that each state appoint an

advisory council as a prerequisite to receiving funds.

I have had the honor

of serving on the Colorado State Advisory Council, and I am well aware of

the value of this citizen participation in education decision-making.

The

state councils review the application proposals which are received by the

state education agency from local schools for Title III funds, they oversee

the projects during their operation, and they pass on continuation proposals. 4

In all these activities, the state council represents the view of the

community as to the value and contribution of the Title III project. I

consider the contribution made by state advisory councils to be one of

the most significant parts of Title III, and I urge that this concept be

protected in any future legislation.

Through the requirement that projects respond to identified learner

needs and that they subject themselves to continuing evaluation, Title III

is in the forefront of the new educational interest in accountability.

Title III is therefore in a leadership position in the management and

administration of education, as well as in teaching. Many states report

that the Title III administrative staff serves in a consultant capacity to

other divisions of the state education department which are incorporating

the concepts of evaluation and accountability into their programs.

In another--and one of the most difficult--areas of educational

practice, Title III is also in a position to exercise leadership and to

develop solutions.

This is the area of dissemination, of getting good

ideas from one place or one teacher to another.

A Title III project normally receives federal funding for three years,

with the expectation that the local district will continue to support

successful programs with local resources.

The ultimate goal, however, is

to have good ideas and programs widely adopted and/or adapted.

In many

states, the staffs of projects evaluated as being exemplary are asked to

develop statewide dissemination plans to provide other school districts

with training services and materials in order to replicate the projects.

In a number of states, the legislatures have provided specific funds for

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