Volume 7, Issue 3 (1978)
Public Law 94-142: An Impetus for Consultation
The enactment of P.L. 94-142, Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, has already begun to create fiscal crises, to confront harried teachers with I.E.P. forms to be completed,and to stimulate maneuvers by school officials to subvert the intent of the legislation while simulating compliance. Also,great numbers of children who have never seen a school are becoming students. Parents who were once grateful for whatever the school board deigned to grant them are asserting themselves.Education personnel are engaged in frenzied interaction in the task of determining the nature of appropriate individualized instruction, the implementation of such instruction in a practical manner, and the extent to which such instruction may be evaluated. It is a controversial and exciting time in special education and a time that, perhaps, offers the school psychologist a chance to supersede the mandate for individual testing and to substitute the activity so often aspired to - that of consulting.Now, at a time of stress and rapid change in the entire special education delivery service, may come the demand for the type of services most amenable to a consultative format. It is up to us as school psychologists to clearly define and delineate the services we can provide which meet the spiraling needs of teachers, parents and administrators attempting to fulfill the requirements and the spirit of P.L. 94-142.
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