Education – GAO Issues Report on Disability and Private School Choice

On November 17, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report detailing the impact of private school choice on students with disabilities. After examining the 27 voucher programs and education savings account programs operating in 14 states and DC, GAO determined that Congress should consider taking action to force states to disclose to families that they give up their rights under federal special education law when a child with disabilities is moved from a public school to a private school. The report found that private school choice programs sometimes provide families with inaccurate information about federal special education law. Despite the Education Department’s urging that states share more information with families about their rights, GAO found that “more than 80 percent of students nationwide who are enrolled in private choice programs designed for students with disabilities were enrolled in a program that either provided no information about changes in their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), or provided some inaccurate information about these changes.” The report comes amid the Trump administration’s support for expanding private school choice. To read more from the GAO report, click here.

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