ERIC Number: ED107019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Federal Programs for Education of the Handicapped: Issues and Problems; Report to the Congress.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Presented by the Comptroller General of the U.S. is a 1974 report to the Congress on Federal programs for the handicapped in the areas of special education, vocational education, and vocational rehabilitation. An introductory chapter points out that only 40 percent of an estimated 7 million handicapped children are receiving the education they need, lists areas of responsibility shared by Federal and state governments, and details the extent of Federal involvement in education of the handicapped. Barriers in educating the handicapped discussed include limited availability of educational services, involuntary removal from educational programs, and restrictions (such as age) on access to educational programs. Examined are planning problems such as lack of coordination among Federal programs and agencies, and the lack of integration of Federal programs into state planning. Allocation of funds is seen to suffer from shortcomings in formulas and inadequate guidance to state agencies distributing funds. Assessed are the effects of inadequate program evaluations on program management. It is suggested that the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare implement procedures for systematic planning among organizations responsible for educating and training the handicapped. Other recommendations include the need for systematic collection of data about the handicapped and the need for Congress to eliminate inequities in fund allocation formulas. (LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.