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ERIC Number: EJ766210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0098-9495
The Implications of Fiscal Incentives on Identification Rates and Placement in Special Education: Formulas for Influencing Best Practice
Mahitivanichcha, Kanya; Parrish, Thomas
Journal of Education Finance, v31 n1 p1-22 Sum 2005
This article explores possible fiscal incentives associated with various state formulas for allocating special education funds and the degree to which such incentives affect special education. First we review empirical and contextual evidence in the literature that addresses the relationship between funding formulas and special education identification and placement decisions.We also examine non-fiscal influences on special education and the extent to which they confound the effects one might attribute to fiscal policies. In addition, we examine states with funding formulas that place premiums on certain disability categories or types of placement. Although there is some evidence of a relationship between fiscal incentives and program practice, this relationship does not appear to apply consistently. The relationship between fiscal incentives and program practice is complex and must be understood in the context of each state, with its own array of social, economic, and political factors. (Contains 9 footnotes, 2 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act