School choice policies and practices for students with disabilities

Cheryl M. Lange, James E Ysseldyke

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A major missing piece in the current debate about school choice is the impact of these policies on students with disabilities. In this article, findings from 6 years of research on implications of school choice for students with disabilities are synthesized. We used multiple methodologies to conduct a set of 12 quantitative and qualitative studies. Participation rates, reasons for transfer, impact on students with disabilities, and school districts were investigated for three of the most popular school choice options. Students with disabilities are participating in school choice options. Their reasons for transfer are often related to special education programs and services. Findings provide needed information for policymakers, educators, parents, and students as states propose, pass, and implement school choice legislation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-270
Number of pages16
JournalExceptional children
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


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