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ERIC Number: ED501854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-26
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Principals' Perceptions of the "Gaskin" Settlement
Silla-Zaleski, Vanessa A.; Bauman, Dona C.; Stufft, Derry L.
Online Submission, Paper presented at Pennsylvania Educational Research Association (PERA) (Grantville, PA, Oct 26, 2007)
The "Gaskin" settlement resulted from a class action lawsuit brought on the behalf of students with significant disabilities in Pennsylvania. With the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 and the "Gaskin" settlement, schools in Pennsylvania are mandated to increase the placement of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. The purpose of this research was to investigate principals' attitudes as they relate to the "Gaskin" Settlement in Pennsylvania. This important case demonstrates what may happen in other states if the supports and services are not available to fully include children with disabilities, as per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004. There is little written about this topic and yet the ramifications for schools are great. Since the "Gaskin" settlement has an impact on the roles and responsibilities of school principals, a study was conducted to assess their attitudes toward the "Gaskin" Settlement. Survey responses from 446 principals were compiled as part of this project. The findings from chi square tests of goodness of fit indicate that elementary principals report a more positive opinion of the "Gaskin" settlement than do secondary principals or principals of "other" secondary institutions (such as charter schools, vocational technical schools, magnet schools, etc.). Scheduling of courses and staff discomfort are conjectured as possible reasons for this relationship. In addition to affecting the public schools in Pennsylvania, the implications go far beyond and will impact colleges and universities in their teacher preparation programs. (Contains 3 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act