ERIC Number: ED212954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-28
Reference Count: 0
Current Legislative and Policy Issues Related to School Psychological Services.
Lombard, Thomas J.
Recently American schools have attempted to provide more family-oriented services. As school psychologists expand their roles to include home-school consultation in the treatment of students' educational and psychological problems, they must understand the legislation related to various policy issues in public schools. School psychologists must be familiar with procedural protection legislation concerning notices to parents, parental consent for a child's assessment or placement, required meetings and formal hearings on the placement of handicapped children, and the rights of parents and school personnel to appeal the outcome of hearings. Legal mandates and ethical standards require unbiased and nondiscriminatory psychological evaluation procedures; therefore, school psychologists should examine their attitudes and behaviors in terms of racial, ethnic, religious, and sex or other biases. Because restrictions for confidentiality and data privacy vary from state to state, and additional legal references aimed at school records and student data may be contradictory, psychologists must learn the correct procedures for disclosing information about their student-clients. School psychologists have an opportunity to broaden their practices, but political acumen is necessary to assure that psychological services are not compromised as legal mandates change. (NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).