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ERIC Number: ED232423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
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PL 94-142: Do the Problems Outweigh the Benefits?
Stone, Sandra
The background of P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, is reviewed, its contents analyzed, and major problems identified. Areas of controversy addressed include provision of such related services as psychotherapy, school health services, summer programs, and vocational education. Expense and ambiguity of the law are among the problems noted. Difficulties with the concept and implementation of mainstreaming are discussed, and the lack of teacher, parent, and student support for the practice is emphasized. Additional problems with P.L. 94-142 identified include discipline for behaviorally disturbed students, restrictions on suspension and expulsion, and difficulties in teacher retention and recruitment for rural areas. The major difficulty is explained to be financial. Inequity, competition between handicapped and nonhandicapped students, and the extreme financial burden of developing individualized education programs are described, as are inadequate congressional appropriations. Alternative financial considerations are suggested. The author concludes that the law raises problems in economics, constitutionality, politics, and philosophy. (CL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act