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Date of Award

January 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name



Educational Leadership and Policy

First Advisor

Ben Pogodzinski


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between funding and the attainment of a high school diploma for students with a disability in the state of Michigan. The high school graduation rate continues to remain stagnate for students with disabilities in the state of Michigan. The research examined the role of school finance and special education outcomes. The data utilized for this study consisted of 319 school districts and 53 ISDs and was obtained from MDE and CEPI websites. Descriptive statistics and a multiple regression model were utilized to address the research questions. Resource dependency theory was the theoretical framework that guided this quantitative study. The findings of this study provide an overview of the variation in per pupil expenditures that exist amongst districts and ISDs and its relationship to high school graduation rates for students with disabilities. In conclusion, sufficient resources are needed to improve outcomes for students, especially for students with disabilities.

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