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Document Number: 7496

Special Education Vouchers: Four State Approaches - The number of voucher programs for students both with and without disabilities has grown significantly over the past several years. Florida’s special education voucher program was first implemented in 1999; programs in the other three states included in this analysis all began within the past three years; and legislation has recently been introduced in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia in support of special education voucher programs. Most if not all voucher programs have been instituted as part of a growing choice movement throughout the United States. Although these programs have created educational options for parents and students, there is a lack of public accountability under either NCLB or IDEA for students participating in states’ special education voucher programs and data remain unavailable as to whether or not students participating in voucher programs are receiving appropriate services and/or performing competitively with their public school peers. (Eve Muller and Eileen Ahearn, Project Forum, April 2007)...


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