ERIC Number: ED428484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-22
Reference Count: N/A
Local Variations in Least Restrictive Environment Placements for Preschool Children with Disabilities: Results of a Pilot Study.
Borden, Eileen M.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated the operation of the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in response to the implementation of the least restrictive environment (LRE) mandate for preschool children with disabilities within two selected counties in New York State during the 1994-95, 1995-96, and 1996-97 school years. A total of 45 CPSE school district chairpersons, special education preschool program directors, and CPSE county representatives were interviewed for the study. The study was designed to contribute to the current debate about shifting the burden of costs of preschool special education from counties to local school districts. The report begins by discussing the federal and state legislative background of early intervention services, the development of the CPSE, and CPSE practices. Results of the study are then discussed. Findings indicate that three broadly interconnected factors influenced the implementation of LRE: cost, organization of the delivery system, and state/local context. While cost was discussed more frequently by those interviewed, it was not found to override the importance of the other factors. Appendices contain interview questions, county descriptions selected for the study, major codes identified through interviews, and 1995-96 enrollment data. (Contains 42 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Inclusive Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Student Costs, Interviews, Mainstreaming, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Costs, Program Implementation, School District Autonomy, School Districts, Special Education, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York