Special Education Funding in Colorado.Report as inadecuate

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This report discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated the funding of education programs for children with disabilities in Colorado. The report describes the characteristics of the students being served in special education, reviews Colorado's current system of funding special education, reviews the results of a survey given to representatives of each of the 54 administrative units and members of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee, evaluates the current system of funding, reviews the special education funding systems utilized by the other states, and provides recommendations for reform. Results from the study found that overall, 10.5 percent of the Colorado student population is identified as having disabilities significant enough to warrant intervention, with perceptual or communicative disabilities being the primary type of disabilities experienced by children. The total federal contributions for special education funding amounted to 8.9 percent of the total revenues, state contribution amounted to 18.9 percent of total revenues, and 69.3 percent came from local contributions for the 1996-97 school year. It is recommended that Colorado increase state funding to reduce the local costs closer to the national average of 32 percent. Appendices include extensive data tables. (Contains 17 references.) (CR)

Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, Financial Support, School Funds, Special Education, State Aid, State Federal Aid, State School District Relationship

Author: Braeger, Todd; Cottle, Valerie; Gee, Eric J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9800&id=ED456578

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