ERIC Number: ED395400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Placement of Special Education Students--Inclusion Policy. Basic Education Circulars 2-95.
Bard, Joseph F.
This circular outlines the inclusion policy of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Inclusion is defined as a combination of long-standing "least restrictive environment" policies, with an emphasis on active social membership in the class or community, but not representing a legal requirement that every child be educated in the same way or in the same place. Terminology is clarified, myths surrounding inclusion are dispelled, and the foundations of inclusion in both law and pedagogy are reviewed. Guidelines for planning for a student's inclusion are discussed briefly, and Pennsylvania's effort to build its capacity for inclusion is discussed. Initiatives pertaining to teacher training, technical assistance, and supplementary aids and services are noted. An inclusion checklist is provided to help schools evaluate their practices relative to inclusion. (PB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Note: The Inclusion Checklist contained here is also in ED 367 087.