ERIC Number: ED184240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
The Administrative Aspects of P.L. 94-142: Dealing with Federal Mandates and Compliances.
Abbruzzese, John A., Jr.
Although Pennsylvania has long made programming for all handicapped children mandatory, the passage of P.L. 94-142 has necessitated some changes even in this state. The major hurdle in the implementation of such a law is confusion and misinterpretation. Educators fear that the handicapped may be dumped into regular classes in an arbitrary manner. One way to lessen confusion and fear is to employ special education teachers as "educational consultants" to work with administrators and teachers. Another key to success is cooperation between the special education staff and the regular education staff. Other implementation problems include space limitations, the time and cost connected with writing Individual Educational Programs, and a feeling that handicapped children are not always better served by being integrated into regular classes. A common misinterpretation of the law is that all children must be mainstreamed in one way. Rather, there are three types of mainstreaming--academic, temporal, and social. It must also be realized that in some instances mainstreaming may be more restrictive than a program in a center. With all its problems, however, P.L. 94-142 holds significant positive goals. All must be committed to its basic philosophy of advancing the development of handicapped persons. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Pennsylvania
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (112th, Anaheim, CA, February 15-18, 1980).