ERIC Number: ED417497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education. A Program Evaluation Report. Report #97-03.
Minnesota State Office of the Legislative Auditor, St. Paul. Program Evaluation Div.
This report presents findings of a state-wide evaluation of special education in Minnesota with emphasis on costs and the impact of state and federal regulations. Major findings indicated that the percentage of students receiving special education services has risen from 7.4 percent to 10.9 percent over the last two decades; special education expenditures have risen about twice as fast as total education spending since 1988; and students who receive special education services cost about twice as much to educate as other students. The study also concluded that Minnesota's special education regulations are more extensive and specific than required by the federal government and that the state provides special education to a broader array of students than federally required (especially for students with emotional/behavioral disorders). The state is urged to give districts greater administrative freedom, encourage the use of alternatives to special education, and adopt a simpler funding system. Individual sections of the report detail the study's findings and recommendations concerning: (1) students and spending, (2) state and federal requirements, and (3) innovation and change. A response by the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning concludes the report. (DB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Cost Effectiveness, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Federal Regulation, Federal State Relationship, Funding Formulas, Program Costs, Program Evaluation, Special Education, State Aid, State Programs, State Regulation, State School District Relationship
Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor, Program Evaluation Division, Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155; 800-627-3529; World Wide Web: http://www.auditor.leg.state.mn.us (available in alternative formats).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Office of the Legislative Auditor, St. Paul. Program Evaluation Div.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota