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This Note describes the findings of a RAND study of the cost of special education and related services for handicapped children, using information from a national survey taken in 1977-1978. The objective of this study is to assist in the formulation of policies and the allocation of resources for the education of handicapped children by providing accurate information on the cost of various types of special education and related services. The study is concerned with the costs of special education and related services actually provided to handicapped children. The cost information is provided by age level, type of handicapping condition, and type of educational placement, and is based on data from a nationally representative sample of localities of various sizes.

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