ERIC Number: ED373469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Historical Overview. Fiscal Provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Policy Paper Number 2.
Verstegen, Deborah A.
This paper is the first in a three-part series on the fiscal provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It provides a brief overview, history, and related background information on the major federal special education funding programs, including basic state grants under Part B of the IDEA (which require participating states to furnish all children with disabilities a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive setting) and state grants under Part H to support early intervention for eligible infants, toddlers, and their families. An analysis of the historical background of the programs provides a record of Congressional intent concerning the numerous fiscal provisions of the Act and the purposes originally set forth in the law. The paper concludes that the provisions of the Act, originally enacted in 1975 as Public Law 94-142, have remained remarkably resilient and are essentially intact as authorized. Additional provisions have been added for infants and toddlers, disability categories have been expanded, and minor revisions have been made to further refine and update the law. (Contains 20 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA. Center for Special Education Finance.
Identifiers: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Note: For policy issues and alternatives, see EC 303 238.