ERIC Number: ED261493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Mainstreaming in New York: Children Caught in the Currents. A Report.
Hepner, Paula J.; Crull, Peggy
The report examines New York State's delay in meeting the least restrictive environment (LRE) mandates of P.L. 94-142, the Education For All Handicapped Children Act. The authors suggest a reluctance on the part of New York's education officials to comply with this doctrine and subsequent misinterpretation of the law and efforts to maintain special and regular education as separate entities. The study analyzes the legislative history of the mainstreaming concept and the LRE provisons in the federal law and regulations, reviews the writings of distinguished educators, and the research on mainstreaming, cites the views of education officials in other states with mainstreaming, and traces the history of New York's special education and finance laws. The authors conclude that it is unconscionable for New York's educators not to move forward with a full range of mainstreaming options. Recommendations are offered which contain specific proposals for immediate policy changes that will encourage experimentation with a broad range of programs consistent with LRE. Long term proposals are also cited for revising state education and finance laws over the long term to permanently authorize and fund programs for educating handicapped children in the regular school environment. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Education Association, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York