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Hardman, Michael L.; Dawson, Shirley – Preventing School Failure, 2008
The promise that all children will achieve higher levels of academic performance is the foundation of the current educational reform movement. Standards-based reform began with financial assistance to the states for the development of content and performance standards, improved teacher quality, and increased school accountability. The reform…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Educational Improvement
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Helge, Doris – Preventing School Failure, 1992
This paper describes the distinct strengths and weaknesses of special education in rural schools and discusses issues regarding rural education reform recommendations, such as inadequate resources, parental involvement, and use of rigidly interpreted performance standards. Preventive service delivery systems are recommended, and several policy…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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D'Alonzo, Bruno J.; Boggs, Elizabeth T. – Preventing School Failure, 1990
Pros and cons of the Regular Education Initiative are presented in terms of legal premises, labeling and classification, funding, effectiveness, teacher competencies, curriculum, and professional barriers. It is concluded that the initiative has achieved much and will achieve more as the debate continues, but debate should be used as a learning…
Descriptors: Conflict, Disabilities, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices
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Patchen, Diane – Preventing School Failure, 1991
An exceptional education administrator in a northeast Florida school district comments on complaints against the district filed with the Office of Civil Rights. The commentary discusses issues of individualized programs, discrimination, dealing with problems at the local level, and involvement of parents in the schools. (JDD)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education