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ERIC Number: ED294364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Pages: 95
Abstractor: N/A
Special Education: Views from America's Cities.
Lytle, James; Penn, William
The report contains descriptive results of a study of special education operations in 33 city school systems. Results were organized according to seven themes: (1) variation in local implementation in Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act; (2) magnitude of the referral, evaluation, and placement process; (3) limited exit from special education programs; (4) limited participation in vocational education programs; (5) involvement of special education in district decision making; (6) need for impact data to evaluate special education programs; (7) recommendations for special education policy makers. Among study conclusions were the following: variation was seen among districts in the percent of students enrolled in special education and in funding levels; the referral, evaluation, and placement process represents a significant demand on special education resources detracting from treatment capability; the largest number of students identified as handicapped were in the specific learning disability category; increasing numbers of "at risk" students are referred to special education due to a lack of options in regular programs; and the participation rate of handicapped students in vocational programs is far below that of non-handicapped students. Among recommendations was the development of a longitudinal database on special education. (DB)
Research for Better Schools, 444 North Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 ($30.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.