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ERIC Number: ED392202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Open Enrollment's Impact on School Districts When Students with Disabilities Transfer Schools. Research Report No. 14. Enrollment Options for Students with Disabilities.
Lange, Cheryl M.; And Others
This qualitative study examined the impact of open enrollment policies in Minnesota on eight school districts with larger than average transfers of students with disabilities. A series of case studies investigated implementation issues, effects on special education programs, effects on decision making in funding and planning, perceptions and opinions of school personnel about open enrollment, and characteristics of districts that gain or lose students with disabilities through open enrollment. Results were complex, as enrollment size and program quality alone did not explain the gain or loss of students with disabilities through open enrollment. Administrators and teachers did not give wide endorsement to the idea that the quality of special education programs improved because of open enrollment. Improved communication between school personnel and families did seem to be a key issue in open enrollment. For those districts gaining students with disabilities, there were few negative outcomes; districts losing students with disabilities were losing a great deal. Several recommendations are offered for consideration when evaluating open enrollment and the participation of students with disabilities. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($14).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota