ERIC Number: ED256138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
An Impact Study of PL 94-142 Spending in South Dakota. A Technical Report.
Hadley, Marilyn; Johnson, Eugene
A study of the impact of PL 94-142 (The Education For All Handicapped Children Act) spending in South Dakota was conducted during the first half of 1980. The study focused on financial and programmatic factors and addressed the following purposes: analyzing the reporting system for the expenditures of PL 94-142 funds, and formalizing the relationship between these expenditures and the service needs contained on Individual Education Plans (IEP's). From a random sample of eight South Dakota school districts, data were collected from state and local documents and from interviews with school personnel. The financial phase of the study suggested that the reporting system should be changed to collect more detailed information; supplanting appeared to be taking place in several school districts; and most PL 94-142 monies have been spent for salaries and fringe benefits for the instructional program. The programmatic phase of the study resulted in the following findings: PL 94-142 funds were being spent on implementation of full services for handicapped children, child identification, and development and implementation of the IEP's; special education staff and students have increased with the staff/student ratio remaining constant; PL 94-142 monies were being used to provide services specified on student IEP's; and most IEP's were not written in a manner that complies with federal guidelines. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Dakota Univ., Vermillion. Educational Research and Service Center.
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act