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ERIC Number: ED288265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring the Special Education Program of Correctional Institutions: A Guide for Special Education Monitoring Staff of State Education Agencies.
Gerry, Martin H.
Intended for special education administrators in State Education Agencies (SEAs), the guide examines the development of monitoring plans to evaluate compliance with P. L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, in terms of special education programs in adult and juvenile state correctional institutions. An initial section summarizes the legal and policy background, noting specific implications within P.L. 94-142 and its regulations as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. A profile of state and local correctional and detention institutions within the criminal justice system is provided, followed by an analysis of trends in the characteristics of juvenile offenders and the incidence of handicapping conditions. Development of an annual monitoring plan in the SEA is detailed for three tasks which may be performed off-site: (1) selecting programs for monitoring; (2) establishing screening issues and targeting criteria; (3) collecting and analyzing targeting information. The final section pinpoints eight compliance issues for in-depth monitoring: right to education; child identification, location, and evaluation; individualized education programs; procedural safeguards; confidentiality; protection in evaluation procedures; least restrictive environment; and comprehensive system of personnel development. Implications of each issue for correctional settings are considered. (CL)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Compliance (Legal), Confidentiality, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Delinquency, Due Process, Equal Education, Mainstreaming, Prisoners, Program Evaluation, State Departments of Education, Trend Analysis
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 2021 K St., N.W., Suite 315, Washington, DC 20006; Correctional/Special Education Training Project, C/SET Office, 305 Farmer Building, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)