Special Education Voucher Programs, Reflective Judgment, and Future Legislative Recommendations

Susan C. Bon, Janet R. Decker, Natasha Strassfeld

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-521
Number of pages19
JournalPeabody Journal of Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 7 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Special Education Voucher Programs, Reflective Judgment, and Future Legislative Recommendations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this