ERIC Number: ED315979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Costs of Special Education and Oklahoma's Weighted Per Pupil Reimbursement: Recommendations for Increased Weights.
Steller, Arthur W.
This study examined the extent to which federal and state funding compensates for the excess cost of educating students under Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. The literature is supports of the contention that the high costs of educating a handicapped child were well known prior to passage of P.L. 94-142, which mandated an "individualized education program" (IEP) for each covered child as well as varous special education services. Requirements of the Law that all needed special education and related services be included in the IEP even when such services cannot be provided by the local education agency are discussed. The Oklahoma weighting formula which partially recompenses local districts for excess costs of educating handicapped children is cited. The opinion of school superintendents across the state that the weights are generally too low is also noted. Actual costs of educating each category of handicapped student in Oklahoma City were compared with costs of educating the average nonhandicapped student and these costs were then compared with total revenues received per student. The results of the study are seen to provide a rationale as well as a quantitative basis for assigning more appropriate weights for each category. 14 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Economics, Educational Equity (Finance), Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Federal Legislation, Government School Relationship, Individualized Education Programs, Resource Allocation, State Aid, State Federal Aid, State School District Relationship, State Standards
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act