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National Research Comparing Rural Special Education Delivery Systems Before and After Implementation of the Education of All Handicapped Children's Act [microform] / Doris Helge
Bib ID 5396411
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Helge, Doris
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1980 
28 p. 

Major findings are presented of a national comparative study with two primary objectives: first, to identify performance of rural special education service delivery systems prior to the 1975 enactment of Public Law (PL) 94-142 and again during the 1979-1980 school year in providing a free, appropriate education for all handicapped children, with appropriate parental involvement and support; and second, to identify facilitating and hindering factors which operate to determine the success or failure of district/cooperative compliance with PL 94-142. Data represent responses from administrators and educators from 43 special education cooperative and 32 school districts in 17 states via 2-day site visits and telephone interviews. Results deal with various categories of handicapped students identified and served; alternate instructional arrangements, roles, and responsibilities; diagnostic, vocational, and other services; changes in organizational structures; interagency agreements for services; and major problems (i.e. qualified staff recruitment/retention, funding inadequacies, and providing appropriate and continuous inservice). Performance improvements in rural special education programming and services are termed phenomenal. A national initiative for a rural teacher education program and more federal funding are deemed necessary to ameliorate many of the barriers to full implementation of PL 94-142 in rural schools. (AN)


Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: G007801686.

ERIC Note: For a related document, see ED 190 292.

Educational level discussed: Elementary Secondary Education.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Ancillary School Services.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Cooperative Programs.  |  Delivery Systems.  |  Educational Change.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Exceptional Persons.  |  Federal Legislation.  |  Parent Participation.  |  Program Evaluation.  |  Rural Schools.  |  Small Schools.  |  Special Education.  |  Special Education Teachers.  |  Teacher Education.  |  Teacher Recruitment.  |  Education for All Handicapped Children Act Impact Studies
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.
Other authors/contributors Murray State Univ., KY. Center for Innovation and Development
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