ERIC Number: ED204903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
One Community's Commitment to Remedy Injustice: Declassification/Transition of Minority EMH Students, Champaign, IL.
The paper contains proceedings of a panel on the declassification/transition program in a Champaign, Illinois, elementary school designed to remedy the situation of overclassification of Black children as educable mentally handicapped (EMH). Session leader, J. First, introduces the problem of the classification of excessively large numbers of Black children as EMH. J. Weaver, the first of three panelists, traces the beginnings of the declassification/transition program at the pilot site. Among the steps taken were reevaluation of all EMH students with IQ scores of 70 or above, establishment of new EMH eligibility criteria, and inservice education of teachers and administrators. A second panelist, J. Mahan, shares strategies for districtwide change and policy ramifications in regard to the placement of Black students. A final panelist, R. Adkisson, describes the declassification/transition program in terms of setting and subjects, assessments, what happens after declassification, and future plans. Policy considerations derived from the Champaign experience include a need for incentives encouraging public school systems and teacher training institutions to recognize the diversity which characterizes the typical classroom and a need for incentives to encourage districts to route problem learners through additional regular education loops as a prerequisite to making referrals for special education consideration. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Champaign)
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children Conference on The Exceptional Black Child (New Orleans, LA, February, 1981, Session T-3).