The Policy/Parent Gap

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Summer 2001


"[T]here is probably no area where the rhetoric and the reality are so far apart as in the inclusion of children with disabilities in general education classrooms. Despite official national and state education policies (embodied in laws, regulations, and court decisions) supporting inclusive education for students with disabilities, access to the general curriculum, and a massive commitment of public funds, data from the Department of Education shows that urban schools consistently place such students in more segregated settings for greater parts of the day and year than do school systems generally."


This article was originally published in Urban Perspectives, volume 6, issue 2, in 2001. Prof. Ferguson's article begins on page 8 of the PDF.


Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative