The Role of Special Education in School Choice

Julie Berry Cullen and Steven G. Rivkin

in The Economics of School Choice

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780226355337
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226355344 | DOI:
The Role of Special Education in School Choice

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This chapter examines the impact of expanded school choice on the quality of special education services, on the size and composition of the special education sector, and on the distribution of students with disabilities among schools and districts. Using data from the Texas public school system, it investigates whether a school choice program can ensure that all (or most) schools have the resources to fulfill a student's individual education plan. The findings reveal that there is little evidence that regular education students attempt to avoid special education students and that special education students are disproportionately likely to make use of opportunities to choose among public schools.

Keywords: school choice; special education; public school; Texas; individual education plan; special education students

Chapter.  13912 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economics

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