ERIC Number: ED209794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-5
Reference Count: N/A
Unanswered Questions on Educating Handicapped Children in Local Public Schools. Report to the Congress by the Comptroller General of the United States.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The report by the General Accounting Office examines the status of education for handicapped children in 10 states. P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, is reviewed briefly, and the states' compliance with the following aspects was assessed: eligibility criteria, individualized educational programs, and provision of a free appropriate public education. The controversy over the estimated number of handicapped children given by the Office of Special Education is addressed (6.2 million estimated as opposed to 3.9 million actually identified). Resulting problems in misclassifying children as handicapped to increase state childcount are discussed, and it is recommended that the 12% prevalence estimate be discontinued. Among the eligibility questions cited are unclear definitions in the law and legislative history and insufficient guidance in program regulations. The lack of compliance with individualized education program (IEP) requirements are documented, including IEP content problems and missed deadlines. Comments from local education agency officials are summarized regarding the increased time, personnel, and funds needed to provide a free appropriate public education to all handicapped children. The report further suggests that state education agencies have been inadequately staffed to carry out P.L. 94-142, and that the initial federal administration of the program was inadequate. Each section concludes with recommendations to the Secretary of Education and responses by the Department of Education. (CL)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Definitions, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Handicap Identification, Incidence, Individualized Education Programs, School Districts, State Programs, Statistical Data
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (first five copies free, additional copies of unbound report $1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act