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"High Expense: Disability Severity and Charter School Attendance in Arizona"

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Students who had more severe, and thus more expensive, disabilities were less likely to attend an Arizona charter school than a traditional public school in the 2002-03 school year, according to a study in the February edition of Education Policy Analysis Archives.

The study found that the average special education student attending a traditional public school cost the district almost $3,000 more than his or her charter school counterpart.

Traditional public schools enrolled a disproportionate share of students with a speech impairment or a severe disability compared to charters, according to the report, by Anthony M. Garcy of the Center for Health Equity Studies at Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute.

Researchers could not determine whether parents of such children chose traditional public schools because they offered appropriate services or because of enrollment barriers that existed at charter schools.

Vol. 30, Issue 28, Page 5

Published in Print: April 20, 2011, as Special Education
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