As of 2015, 17 special education voucher programs (SVPs) existed in 13 states and proposals continue to emerge. Eligible parents utilize these vouchers to enroll their children in private schools and thereby relinquish special education services and protections provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Using a reflective judgment lens, this article presents a balanced review of the competing perspectives that shape the debates over SVPs. In addition, this article recommends how future SVP legislation could better serve the needs of students with disabilities, their families, and both public and private schools.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology