Faculty Publications

Title

Vouchers and students with disabilities: A multidimensional analysis

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Disability Policy Studies

Volume

16

Issue

3

First Page

156

Last Page

168

Abstract

School choice initiatives such as open enrollment, magnet schools, charter schools, and voucher plans have been offered as methods of school reform. A publicly funded voucher plan in Florida targeting students with disabilities was considered as a possible model for the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Although the model was not adopted in the reauthorized law, the potential impact of such voucher plans must be examined.. The empirical evidence regarding the impact of vouchers on parent choice, student achievement, and fiscal school management is inconclusive and incomplete. Further, the impact of voucher plans on educational programs for students with disabilities has not been thoroughly studied. Such an examination requires a multiparadigmatic analysis of legal, economic, academic, sociological, and political dimensions.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2005

DOI of published version

10.1177/10442073050160030301

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