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Volume 7, Issue 2 (1978)

Professional Pulse

pp. 72—74

Persons concerned with the pros and cons of implementing comprehensive special education legislation at the state level are encouraged to read Weatherly and Lipsky’s article, “Street-level bureaucrats and institutional innovation : Implementing special education reform,” in the May, 1977 issue of the Harvard Educational Review. The authors describe the successes and failures associated with efforts to implement special education legislation in Massachusetts and deal with the topics of mainstreaming,team conferences, individual plans, etc. Commenting on the legislation’s intent to eliminate labeling, they state: Even as old labels persisted, new ones were invented.When a psychologist and counselor were contrasting programs for “LD (learning disabled) kids”and “our kids,” the observer asked who “our kids”were. The psychologist replied, “Oh, they used to be called retarded.” In another instance one teacher said that she ran a program for “substantially independent”girls. When asked what she meant, she replied, “Well,we used to call it the EMH (educable mentally handicapped)class.”

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