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ERIC Number: ED392185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-25
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Part B Funds To Support School Reform by Nine State Education Agencies. Final Report.
Schrag, Judy A.
This report analyzes the uses of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B discretionary/set-aside, administrative, and flow-through funds for school reform activities. Telephone interviews were held with state directors of special education or staff from nine state education agencies (California, New Mexico, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Florida). Findings indicated that all nine states are using Part B discretionary funds to support activities directly related to statewide school reform initiatives. Findings are detailed in text and tables for each state, concerning: (1) the extent to which students with disabilities are included within school reform efforts; (2) examples of school reform activities supported by Part B (such as changes in assessment of students with disabilities); (3) changes occurring within the states that may impact the use of Part B funds (including political, organizational, policy, and programmatic changes); and (4) recommendations related to changes in IDEA reauthorization to facilitate the use of Part B funds for school reform. These recommendations include: joint responsibility of other agencies for non-educational services; linkages with the gifted and preschool programs; reduction of time and effort in reporting requirements for split funding of personnel; and greater involvement of general education. The interview instrument and a table summarizing Part B uses for school reform are attached. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B
Note: Prepared by Project FORUM. For the task force final report, see ED 381 970.