ERIC Number: ED590846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Private School Choice: Federal Actions Needed to Ensure Parents Are Notified about Changes in Rights for Students with Disabilities. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-18-94
Nowicki, Jacqueline M.
US Government Accountability Office
Growth of voucher and education savings account (ESA) programs has drawn attention to how states ensure accountability and transparency to parents and the public. With over half of voucher and ESA programs designed for students with disabilities, there is interest in the information parents receive about special education services and rights when enrolling in choice programs. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine these topics in depth. This report examines: (1) academic, administrative, and financial accountability mechanisms in private choice programs; (2) information available to the public and families on private choice programs and participating schools; and (3) how parents of students with disabilities are informed about changes in rights when enrolling in private choice programs. GAO analyzed information from all voucher and ESA programs operating in January 2017 and interviewed stakeholders. GAO also reviewed websites of a nationally representative sample of private voucher schools and worked with private choice groups and national organizations to contact and interview families that recently interacted with a choice program. GAO recommends that Congress consider requiring states to notify parents/guardians about changes in federal special education rights when a parent moves a child from public to private school. In addition, GAO recommends that the Department of Education review and correct inaccurate Individuals with Disabilities Education Act-related information provided by states.
Descriptors: Private Schools, School Choice, Accountability, Disabilities, Educational Vouchers, Parent Materials, Special Education, Civil Rights, Enrollment, Information Sources, Web Sites, Parent Attitudes, State Policy, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Public Schools, Equal Education, School Administration, Financial Audits, Family Income, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Florida; District of Columbia; Louisiana; Indiana; Georgia; Arizona
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act