ERIC Number: ED226445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Finetuning Special Education Finance: A Guide for State Policymakers.
Moore, Mary T.; And Others
To assist state policy makers concerning elementary and secondary special education, this handbook assembles information on what states have experienced and what research has found about special education funding, cost and service changes, and funding source management. Chapter 1 considers defining student eligibility for special education, including the characteristics of handicapped children, ages for eligibility, estimates of the number of disabled children, and four strategies for clarifying eligibility boundaries. In chapter 2 the authors outline the range of special education services and discuss (1) state policies on reimbursement, assessment, class size, and school year length; (2) state definitions of related services; (3) legal opinions on state policies; (4) special education effectiveness; and (5) five strategies for clarifying the range of services. Chapter 3, on special education costs, suggests weighing the costs of programs, policies, and factors affecting costs (such as population or salary changes) and getting adequate cost information. Revenue sources are considered in chapter 4, including state, local, federal, and private funds, policy considerations, and the structure of state aid. Chapter 5 examines six types of financial formulas used by states, reviews criteria for assessing formulas, and notes formulas' strengths and weaknesses. Eight appendices present further data and discuss definitions and legal issues. (RW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.