Fiscal Policy and Funding for Special Education

Authored by: Thomas Parrish , Jenifer Harr-Robins

Handbook of Special Education

Print publication date:  April  2011
Online publication date:  May  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415800716
eBook ISBN: 9780203837306
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869624


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For providers of special education services, a basic understanding of special education finance is fundamental to effective practice. Fiscal policy not only affects the levels of resources available to meet the needs of children in special education, but the way these provisions are designed can affect the ways in which services are provided. For example, additional funding may be available for more integrated placements; funding may be limited to additional teachers when what is really needed is specialized equipment; and supplemental resources may be allowed for special education but not pre-referral. Funding policy will affect how much is provided, to whom, and for what kinds of services. These policies drive special education services and in this sense are vitally important.

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