ERIC Number: ED473996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep-10
Making Good on Promises To Increase Funding for Special Education. The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder.
This paper suggests that Congress could increase funding for special education to the full funding recommended in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by transferring funds from ineffective and low-priority programs in the labor, health, and education appropriations legislation. More than 30 programs are specifically listed as ones that should be ended either because they have not proven to be effective or because they duplicate other programs that already receive federal funds. Charts show: (1) total federal spending on K-12 education from 1965 through 2001; and (2) the rapid rise of education spending compared to the virtually stagnant reading achievement scores among high school students. The paper particularly criticizes the Education Finance Incentive Program. The House of Representatives is also urged to resist adding pork-barrel projects to fiscal year 2003 spending bills. The paper concludes that members of Congress often give lip service to their desire to increase funding for special education, yet Congress continues to use limited education funds for less important programs and projects. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Government Role, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Special Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.
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