ERIC Number: ED383142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May-9
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Making Schools Work for All of America's Children.
Burke, Edward P., Ed.
Progress in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and recommendations to further promote its implementation via the 1995 legislative reauthorization process are examined. The purpose of the legislation and major court findings regarding its interpretation are discussed. Ten hearings conducted by the National Council on Disabilities, to elicit views of parents and students on the law's effectiveness and to gather recommendations for better implementation, are summarized, with testimony from witnesses in the following 10 theme areas: the "zero reject" provision of the law, assessment for eligibility and nondiscriminatory evaluation of students, providing for appropriate education, providing the least restrictive environment, parent participation in decision-making, procedural due process for students, services to transition students from school to activities after school, discretionary programs to help implement the law, provisions that determine the federal share of costs and how federal funds are allocated, and the 1994 federal educational reform law entitled the Educate America Act. Appendices include hearing dates, locations, participants and witnesses, and a synthesis regarding IDEA implementation based on 27 research papers. (SW)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Due Process, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Government School Relationship, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Student Evaluation, Transitional Programs
National Council on Disability, 1331 F Street, N.W., Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20004-1107 (available in braille, large print, and on diskette).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act