ERIC Number: ED208615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Cost of Special Education Programs in California.
Keefe, R. F.; And Others
The document reports a study for the California State Department of Education to provide clarification of existing studies and reports on the cost of special education in California. Chapter 1 covers the background of the study, purpose and plan, study design (which included review of existing cost reports and studies and structured interviews with key personnel), method of procedures (including the identification of issues related to special education costs), and overview of the report. Chapter 2 compares various data related to levels of service, degree of service, revenue and expenditures, numbers of pupils served, and regulatory provisions of the two major delivery systems. Chapter 3 focuses on funding inequities within districts operating Master Plan programs, and disparities in funding and service between Master Plan and non Master Plan districts. Chapter 4 deals with a variety of factors which have been identified as affecting cost and also gives some indication of the distribution of expenditures. Emphasis is given to projections of enrollment and cost. Also examined within the fourth chapter are direct costs, direct support costs, and indirect costs. Chapter 5 provides a discussion of alternative funding mechanisms and includes a review of the two funding models currently being used in California as well as those used in other states. The proposed funding model in State Bill 1870 is reviewed in terms of how well it addresses the problem areas identified in the study. Among appendixes are a sample interview guide and tables listing special education costs, allocations, and expenditures. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Decision Development Corp., Walnut Creek, CA.
Note: Includes Executive Summary. Some parts may be marginally legible.