ERIC Number: ED209815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
State Allocation and Management of P.L. 94-142 Funds.
Thomas, Margaret A.
The study examined how nine State Departments of Education allocate and manage their P.L. 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act) funds. The introduction explains that a single question lies at the core of the study--Should additional or revised procedures concerning the use of program funds be instituted to help states better meet the intent of P.L. 94-142? Section II describes how the nine states allocate their P.L. 94-142 funds and how compatible the program is perceived to be with the states' regular and special education finance formulas. Section III discusses how these nine states manage their P.L. 94-142 programs; and a final section reviews study findings and draws policy implications. Among findings were the following: the nine states sampled allocated their funds consistent with the P.L. 94-142 formula; the most common use of discretionary funds was for grants and contracts to local education agencies and intermediate education agencies; funds were most frequently targeted for vocational special education; the method of allocating discretionary funds varied from state to state; state management of P.L. 94-142 varied and depended on established state procedures and staff; and states, in general, were holding districts accountable for what they, in turn, were being held accountable for by the Office of Special Education. Among implications listed are that states appear to be using discretionary funds to meet state needs and that most states appear to have procedurally complied with P.L. 94-142. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act