ERIC Number: ED196166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Management Models and Cost Analysis for Regional Special Education Programs.
Connors, Eugene T.
The implementation of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (PL 94-142) has placed an enormous financial burden on local districts. In order to create special education programs that combine cost effectiveness and high quality, a regional model has been developed. The Therapeutic Residential Experience for Emotional Stability (TREES) in Augusta County, Virginia, operates on a per pupil funding mode. Analysis of TREES's operating budget reveals that this mode works well only when enrollment is maximum (25). An alternative method is percent share funding in which each district contributes its share of daily expenses based on the number of pupils in membership. This method is preferable in that it allows for variances in pupil enrollment. Regional programs can be organized in three ways: the Multi-System Model (MSM), the Single-System Model (SSM), and the Private School Model (PSM). The MSM is judged most practical and cost efficient because it can take advantage of "the economies of scale" and gives authority to a committee for control, thereby avoiding the administrative dueling inevitable in a Single-System Model. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of School Business Officials (66th, New Orleans, LA, October 26-30, 1980).