College of Education Theses and Dissertations

Title

Educating Students with Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment: Does Money Matter?

Author

Karin Martino

Date of Award

3-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Andrea Kaufman

Second Advisor

Jennifer Loncola

Third Advisor

Lucine Mastalerz

Abstract

This study explored the relationship between per pupil expenditures of six Illinois school districts and the level of inclusion they provided for students with disabilities. Data from the subject schools did not clearly identify a relationship between per pupil expenditures and levels of inclusion, but did identify a need for schools to spend an adequate amount of money that would support placement of students with disabilities in more inclusive educational environments. Further research should work to determine an adequate amount of money needed for schools to provide the federally mandated least restrictive environment.

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