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By Nirvi Shah — April 19, 2011 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 20, 2011 edition of Education Week as Special Education

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