ERIC Number: ED254996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan-2
Reference Count: 0
Use of the Public Law 94-142 Set-Aside Shows Both the Flexibility Intended by the Law and the Need for Improved Reporting. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on the Handicapped, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, United States Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
The report analyzes ways in which the states are currently using P.L. 94-142 (The Education for All Handicapped Children Act) set-aside funds and considers possible effects of a shift in the set-aside proportion. States are allowed to set aside up to 25% of their federal grants for their own allocation. The report focuses on data from three sources: a national telephone survey of state offices of special education in 48 states; interviews with federal and state officials, local educators, and special interest groups; and site visits to three states. Findings revealed the types of activities currently being funded, average percentage set aside, functions of the set aside, and effects of shifting the proportion. It was concluded that the states' use of the set-aside is consistent with federal legislation and meets their needs. Suggestions for giving the states more flexibility in decisionmaking were noted, and the necessity for gathering national data on the set-aside program was emphasized. Responses of officials of the Department of Education to this report are summarized. (CL)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Policy, National Surveys, State Federal Aid
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (first five copies free, $3.25 additional copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act
Note: Developed by the Program Evaluation and Methodology Division.