ERIC Number: ED381297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Nineteen Reasons Why Special Education Should Cost More Than Regular Education.
Tappe, Duane R.
Nebraska public schools have experienced a substantial growth in the numbers of children being served by special education programs, particularly in the past 10 years. This increase in services has greatly impacted state budget allotments for special education. For example in 1994, $115 million was appropriated to Nebraska school districts for special education costs; for the 1995-96 school year, the amount will rise to $122 million. The main reason for this increase is the addition of staff members and programming to meet the needs of an increasing number of disabled children. Other reasons why special education costs more than regular education include: (1) a low teacher/student ratio; (2) an increase in the survival rate of disabled children; (3) de-institutionalization of children with severe disabilities; (4) extended school year and extended school day; (5) inflated equipment costs; (6) high costs associated with inclusion; (7) facility improvements increasing accessibility for the disabled; (8) providing services to students placed in private schools; (9) excessive paperwork; (10) transportation costs; (11) shifting of financial responsibility between state agencies; and (12) an increase in student referrals from regular education and other sources. This paper suggests that placing a cap on special education costs is not the answer to control costs, but rather that some costs should become the responsibility of regular education, the Department of Public Institutions, and the Department of Social Services. (LP)
Descriptors: Cost Containment, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, Inflation (Economics), Program Costs, Public Schools, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Rural Education, School District Spending, Special Education, State Aid
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.