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|Title:||A Cost Analysis of Impartial Due Process Hearings in Special Education (Illinois)|
|Author(s):||Boscardin, Mary Lynn Polaski|
|Department / Program:||Education|
|Degree Granting Institution:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Abstract:||This study examined the costs of special education impartial due process hearings at the local level in the State of Illinois. In the State of Illinois costs for local level impartial due process hearings are incurred by (a) the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), (b) special education administrative units, (c) local school districts, and (d) parents/guardians. This study described these costs and assessed their impact on each of these groups.
Eleven local level impartial due process hearings that occurred between August, 1981 and March, 1983 were described. Total costs for the hearings were described in terms of cash outlays (measured in dollars) and person hour costs (measured in both dollars and hours).
The findings indicated that (a) dramatic cost variations existed between the eleven cases, (b) costs were strongly related to the number of participants, length of the hearing process, and parent wealth, (c) patterns of costs emerged when cases were grouped by participant level, by special education administrative unit, by handicapping condition of the child, and issue of the hearing, and (d) the process was bureaucratic-legal in structure.
From the findings, four frameworks were developed that will be useful in future studies investigating related cost, equity, and policy issues. The frameworks identified were (a) a communication model, (b) a bureaucratic-legal model, (c) a goal setting model, and (d) an economic model. The use of a case study design may be an important methodology for further study of these issues.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2014-12-15|