ERIC Number: ED231910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Caught in the Web: Misplaced Children in Chicago's Classes for the Mentally Retarded.
Designs for Change, Chicago, IL.
This report examines the problem of misclassification of children into classes for the educable mentally handicapped (EMH) in the Chicago (Illinois) Public Schools. The report claims that 7,000 out of 12,000 students assigned to EMH classes do not belong there and could be moved back to regular classes with extra help; most of these misclassified students are black. The nature and scope of Chicago's misclassification problem are described and contrasted with the problem in other large cities. The history of efforts to end misclassification is provided. Major ingredients of an effective solution to the problem, based on experts' opinions, are also considered as are deficiencies in Chicago's reclassification project. Finally, a series of specific recommendations are offered as to essential changes needed to correct the project, and suggestions are given as to what parents, educators, and members of the public can do to help make these changes happen. Appended to the report are tables, school data about EMH misclassification, and other data relating to reform efforts of Chicago's EMH program. (AOS)
Descriptors: Black Students, Educational Malpractice, Educational Responsibility, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Hispanic Americans, Labeling (of Persons), Mild Mental Retardation, Public Schools, School Role, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Designs for Change, 220 South State Street, Suite 1616, Chicago, IL 60604 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wieboldt Foundation of Greater Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Designs for Change, Chicago, IL.