ERIC Number: ED343362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Public School Choice: What about Students with Disabilities? Research Report No. 2. Enrollment Options for Students with Disabilities.
Ysseldyke, James E.; And Others
Surveys listing 20 issues relating to school choice and special education were sent to the 102 Directors of Special Education in Minnesota. Directors were asked to rate issues as important or not important. The 54 responding directors identified the following issues as most important: (1) excess program costs; (2) effects of enrollment options on the planning process (enrollment projections, staffing, variety of programs, etc.); and (3) the billing of resident districts for special education services. Issues were originally identified at a 1990 meeting of Minnesota legislators, school administrators, parents, teachers, students, advocates, and educational leaders. Twenty issues were grouped into outcome issues (e.g., program excellence and excess program costs), implementation issues (criteria for between-District transfers and local control), and demographic issues (Native American schools and small rural schools). Some comments made by respondents are also presented. Most concerns expressed were in the area of "logistical hassles." Two other matters not immediately obvious in the list of comments were concern about being overridden with students with disabilities and differential concern as a function of category. It is also clear that administrators were concerned about the transfer of students with behavior disorders into their systems. Includes six references. (DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Behavior Disorders, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Outcomes of Education, Planning, Program Costs, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Administration, School Choice, School Demography, Special Education, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Note: For related documents, see EC 301 047-050.