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GOV. CASEY CALLS FOR REVIEW OF EDUCATION REGULATIONS

 GOV. CASEY CALLS FOR REVIEW OF EDUCATION REGULATIONS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey has


directed state Education Secretary Donald M. Carroll to review the state's education regulations to determine which can be modified to improve the efficiency and to lower the cost of Pennsylvania's educational systems.
 "I share your concern about the effect of unnecessarily burdensome regulations on the efficiency and cost of our state's elementary, secondary, post-secondary and higher education systems," Casey said in a letter to Carroll. "We must identify those regulations that make little sense and eliminate them."
 The governor directed Carroll to use staff review, public hearings and independent studies in the regulatory analysis, and to complete the review by May 2.
 "We must actively seek to change those state board regulations and department standards that inhibit good educational practice and, thus, give local school districts more flexibility to reduce costs," Casey said. "I want to stress that our goal is to reduce paperwork for teachers and to give administrators flexibility."
 The review will complement the governor's call last month for reform of Pennsylvania's educational system. In his State of the Commonwealth address he proposed:
 -- Measuring student performance on the basis of what kids know and what they can do; not on how long they've spent in the classroom;
 -- Bringing schools, business, labor and state government together to establish a new work-based apprenticeship program to prepare young people for 20th century jobs;
 -- Reducing the number of hours high school students may work and giving school officials the authority to revoke work certificates if classroom performance suffers; and,
 -- Giving the Commonwealth the power to provide early assistance to schools with financial or other problems and, in extreme cases, to intervene in school strikes when students are in jeopardy of receiving less than a full 180 days of instruction.
 Following is the text of the governor's letter to Carroll:
 Dear Don:
 I share your concern about the effect of unnecessarily burdensome regulations on the efficiency and cost of our state's elementary, secondary, post-secondary and higher education systems. We must identify those regulations that make little sense and eliminate them. We must modify state board regulations to insure that they accomplish what they are intended to accomplish. We must actively seek to change those state board regulations and department standards that inhibit good educational practice and, thus, give local school districts more flexibility to reduce costs.
 I ask you to conduct an analysis of these regulations to determine needed changes. You should use every resource available to you, including, but not limited to, staff review, public hearings and independent studies. I want to stress that our goal is to reduce paperwork for teachers and to give administrators flexibility.
 Your analysis and recommendations should be presented to me as soon as possible, but no later than May 1, 1992, so we can make timely recommendations for any necessary legislative or regulatory changes.
 Sincerely,
 Robert P. Casey
 Governor
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