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ERIC Number: ED504919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education Funding in New Jersey: A Policy Analysis
Kolbe, Tammy; McLaughlin, Margaret J.; Mason, Loretta M.
Education Law Center
The Education Law Center (ELC) sought an independent review of special education funding in New Jersey as part of a larger group of studies intended to critique the cost study conducted by Augenblick and Palaich and Associates (APA) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and inform the ongoing public debate. In doing so, ELC recognized that there was a need for a single comprehensive review and assessment of the APA Cost Study's recommendations for a new special education funding formula, as well as the overall special education policy environment in New Jersey as it relates to special education funding adequacy. The purpose of this study, however, was not to develop or propose a new state funding formula for special education. Rather, the study's primary objective was to identify factors that should be considered by policymakers in their efforts to establish a new special education funding formula. To accomplish this goal, this study includes: (1) A critical evaluation of the APA Cost Study, including the technical and policy questions related to the adjustments to the proposed base weights for special education and related services; and (2) An assessment of the overall special education policy environment in New Jersey. This report summarizes the findings related to these two activities and identifies key considerations for NJDOE and the State Legislature as they develop options for a new special education funding formula in New Jersey. This Study finds that New Jersey faces many challenges in its efforts to ensure an equitable, adequate, and cost-effective special education system. For instance, the State ranks high on several indicators that are known to not only place the State in jeopardy of non-compliance with federal laws, but also drive up special education costs. Based on the review, five considerations are offered for NJDOE and the State Legislature. Appended are: (1) Interview Participants; and (2) Interview Guide and Consent Language. (Contains 5 figures, 4 tables, and 60 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Law Center
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey