The impressive facts put forth in the article by Patrick Welsh {"A Lesson in Reading, Writing -- and Red Tape," Outlook, Dec. 2} made me stand up and applaud. The correlation between the drop in enrollment and the rise in administration reflects a trend throughout the nation. How could this have occurred?

First, the money was there. The golden gimmick was the rise in property assessments and the corresponding rise in tax money available to spend. There are many people on a local level who need jobs and will support local councils. These people were taken care of with dispatch. The vehicle for this was the educational system. If you were to check districts where land values have been dropping, such as Pennsylvania, you would not find this rise unless the second factor kicked in.

The second factor was federal directives. The schools were besieged with new regulations regarding integration, sports, special education etc. The entire populace had to be taught. There was no longer the idea of the average student. Each group demanded -- and got -- special status. This required liaison administrators who would coordinate or, in a quaint phrase, articulate the various policies that seemed to flow out of the committees on education in the House and Senate. Finally, the incompetence factor kicked in at the end. Under union rules no teacher or administrator could be fired. Where is the safest place to put a teacher who has burned out? Administration seemed to be the key location.

Ultimately the real cause for the massive increase in administration and the general decline in standards noted by the perceptive Mr. Welsh must be the policy of maintaining the school as an adjunct for social services. The policy dictated that we keep people in school so that they would have no excuse when they had no skills and could not find a job; they would still have a degree. If schools follow these policies, they will surely have more administrators to handle problem students.

HORACE MANN III President Center for Educational Philosophy Bethesda