Policy, Politics, and the Power of Information The Critical Need for Outcomes and Clinical Trials Data in Policy-Making in the Schools Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 1998
Policy, Politics, and the Power of Information
 
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  • Amie Amiot
    Director, Federal Education Policy, 1991–1997 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
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School-Based Settings / Clinical Forum: Treatment Outcomes and Efficacy in Schools
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 1998
Policy, Politics, and the Power of Information
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1998, Vol. 29, 245. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2904.245
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1998, Vol. 29, 245. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2904.245
Do students ever leave special education? What are the costs for speech, language, and hearing services? Do the services work? Are the services worth the costs? Can’t anybody else do the same work? How long will it take? Why are these services done in the schools? Why should we fund it?
Not only is there a call for accountability in educational arenas, as seen by the sweeping reforms in large city school systems such as those in Chicago and New York, and at the college level in such states as South Carolina, but the standard has been raised to a cost-benefit analysis by policymakers in Washington and at the state level. These same questions were at the heart of health care reform only a short time ago, and they are now poised at the school-house door.
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