ERIC Number: ED091894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education: A Mandate to Louisiana Schools.
Par Analysis, n194 Dec 1973
The report on special education services in Louisiana reviews present services, recent Federal court decisions mandating special education for all handicapped children, and makes recommendations for program improvement. It is noted that Louisiana Law requires public education of all exceptional children between 3 and 21 years of age with IQs above 25. Reported is a 1973 survey which had the following findings: (1) almost half of Louisiana children identified as needing special education were not receiving it; (2) most children receiving special education services were in public schools; (3) private and public agencies other than public schools offered more services to the trainable mentally retarded than any other group; (4) special education needs of the physically handicapped, emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, and visually impaired were not being met by either public schools or other agencies; (5) public schools emphasized services at the elementary level with few programs for preschool and secondary students; (6) private and other public special education agencies placed a greater emphasis on preschool and secondary levels than did the public schools; and (7) most children receiving special education in the public schools were placed in special classes with very little use made of techniques such as mainstreaming. It is recommended that an additional $23.4 million be provided for special education services during the 1974-75 school year, that an additional 34 evaluation teams be established at university special education centers, and that an additional 74 speech therapists, 903 special education teachers, and 2,138 aides be provided. (DB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Inc., Baton Rouge.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana