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ERIC Number: ED200385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
National Research Comparing Rural Special Education Delivery Systems Before and After Implementation of the Education of All Handicapped Children's Act.
Helge, Doris
Major findings are presented of a national comparative study with two primary objectives: first, to identify performance of rural special education service delivery systems prior to the 1975 enactment of Public Law (PL) 94-142 and again during the 1979-1980 school year in providing a free, appropriate education for all handicapped children, with appropriate parental involvement and support; and second, to identify facilitating and hindering factors which operate to determine the success or failure of district/cooperative compliance with PL 94-142. Data represent responses from administrators and educators from 43 special education cooperative and 32 school districts in 17 states via 2-day site visits and telephone interviews. Results deal with various categories of handicapped students identified and served; alternate instructional arrangements, roles, and responsibilities; diagnostic, vocational, and other services; changes in organizational structures; interagency agreements for services; and major problems (i.e. qualified staff recruitment/retention, funding inadequacies, and providing appropriate and continuous inservice). Performance improvements in rural special education programming and services are termed phenomenal. A national initiative for a rural teacher education program and more federal funding are deemed necessary to ameliorate many of the barriers to full implementation of PL 94-142 in rural schools. (AN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Murray State Univ., KY. Center for Innovation and Development.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act