Unfunded mandates

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search

The term unfunded mandates refers to regulations or other requirements imposed by a higher level of government on a lower one, but without accompanying appropriations to cover the cost of compliance. Local school boards frequently complain that laws and regulations imposed by state and federal bodies are unfunded mandates. The actual costs of unfunded mandates are difficult if not impossible to pin down with accuracy, for they often involve nothing more definite than added demands on the time of school administrators.

Frequently cited examples of unfunded mandates are increased student testing and reporting requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

External links