ERIC Number: ED199979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Procedures for Determining the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Placement of Handicapped Children. Final Report. Activity 3: Legal Analysis.
Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
The study examined standards applied by judges and hearing officers in deciding disputes related to the least restrictive environment (LRE) placement of handicapped children. The historical basis of the requirement is reviewed, focusing on court decisions; the requirements of P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act regarding LRE are explained, and the perspectives of judges and administrative hearing officers are discussed. Analysis of 121 placement decisions from nine states is provided, with major findings including: the overwhelming majority of decisions are from appeals by parents rather than local school systems; in most cases parents want a more restrictive (most frequently private school) placement than that recommended by the local school system; LRE is discussed in less than one half of the cases where LRE placement is ordered; and where the LRE requirement is discussed, it is equally minimally and perfunctorily handled. Eleven recommendations are made for improving hearing decisions, including a descriptive definition of the arguments for and against proposed placement, an estimate of the good faith of the party proposing the placement, and a discussion of specific conditions which need to be satisfied for moving a student into a less restrictive setting in the future. (CL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act