New Federalism and Deregulation: Impact on Special Education
Remedial and Special Education
The Administration's effort to reduce the scope of P.L. 94–142 regulations for the handicapped have been promulgated under the concept of “New Federalism.“ Deregulation on the scale originally proposed by the federal government may have serious implications for the field of special education by potentially increasing litigation, reducing parental involvement in the decision-making process, and fostering greater competition for available funds. Recommendations for improving P.L. 94–142 include encouraging teacher use of functional evaluation procedures, streamlining paperwork and reporting methods, and requiring the use of flow-through dollars to develop and disseminate effective instructional programs.
Kimball, W.H., Heron, T.E., & Weiss, A.B. (1984). New federalism and deregulation: Impact on special education. Remedial and Special Education, 5(2), 25-31. doi:10.1177/074193258400500205