ERIC Number: ED201636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
A Study Report. Education For All Handicapped Children: Consensus, Conflict, and Challenge.
National Education Association, Washington, DC. Teacher Rights Div.
A study was conducted by a National Education Association (NEA) panel of experiences in three local school districts with state and local regulations that approximated the provisions of Public Law (PL) 94-142 (Education for All Handicapped Children Act). Selected testimony and case studies from educators, parents, and children in Des Moines (Iowa), Savannah (Georgia), and North Santa Barbara County (California), are given. The intent of the report is to inform the public, teachers, and school officials about the prospects and problems of the programs that exist and to present the conditions and attitudes that must prevail for successful implementation of PL 94-142. Positive attitudes toward the implementation of PL 94-142 were nearly unanimous in the three school districts. Among the difficulties and challenges were: definitions of terms and categories; student testing and evaluation; equity and access, including funding problems and staff development requirements; and involvement of parents in educational planning. The NEA panel recommendations cover those areas with suggested action for teachers, teacher organizations, school systems, state departments of education, higher education institutions, parents, and advocate organizations. (FG)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Legislation, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Mainstreaming, Parent Participation, Problem Solving, Program Effectiveness, School Districts, Staff Development, Teaching Conditions
NEA Distribution Center, Academic Building, West Haven, CN 06516 ($3.50; NEA member's discount available for orders of more than 10 copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Teacher Rights Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act