ERIC Number: ED478555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
School Vouchers and Students with Disabilities. Policy Paper.
Sailor, Wayne; Stowe, Matt
This policy paper provides a rationale for assessing the issue of school vouchers with emphasis on students with disabilities. It provides the following major findings: (1) rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) generally do not extend to participants in voucher programs; (2) evaluative studies of school choice and voucher options have shown mixed results and special education has usually been ignored; (3) vouchers usually only cover a portion of special education costs above the cost of private school tuition; (4) principles of school choice and voucher programs may not be consistent with IDEA principles such as accountability for results; (5) types of structure, policies, and procedures of voucher programs profoundly affect student rights; and (6) choice provisions offered general education students must also be extended to special education students. This paper offers some guiding questions for policy makers and education leaders. It concludes that they have a major challenge to ensure that any development of school vouchers is based on the direct input of parents, positive results for students with disabilities, sound empirical research of its effectiveness as a policy option, and is in accordance with applicable federal (and state) law and civil rights legislation. (Contains 98 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Choice, Special Education, Student Costs, Student Rights
National Council on Disability, 1331 F St., N.W., Suite 1020, Washington, DC 20004. Tel: 202-272-2004; Tel: 202-272-2074 (TTY); Fax: 202-171-2022; Web site: http://www.ncd.gov. For full text: http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/pdf/vouchers.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act