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Handicapping the Handicapped: Decision Making in Students' Educational Careers


reviewed by Elizabeth M. Reis - 1987

coverTitle: Handicapping the Handicapped: Decision Making in Students' Educational Careers
Author(s): Hugh Mehan, Alma Hertweck, J. Lee Meihls
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 0804713049, Pages: , Year: 1989
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The Education for All Handicapped Children Act, Public Law 94-142 (P.L. 94-142), brought special education out of the Dark Ages and into the twentieth century. Its basic premise is that every handicapped child in America has the right to receive a free, appropriate public education in the “least restrictive environment.” P.L. 94-142 created enormous pressure, however, on state and local school authorities, who must first properly diagnose students in terms of determining which handicapping condition(s) a child has, and then determine what type of educational setting is most appropriate for that child. This pressure, as might be expected, has led to certain problems in implementing P.L. 94-142 (although very few people, and certainly not this reviewer, would suggest that the problems overshadow even in some small way the general efficacy of the legislation). It has been noted with concern, as one example, that a disproportionately large number of minority students are... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 2, 1987, p. 324-327
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 568, Date Accessed: 4/6/2020 10:39:52 PM

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