Today in History: Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act

| November 30, 2017

171127_News_219x365The Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on November 30, 1975. This important legislation required all public schools accepting federal funds to provide equal access to education and one free meal a day for children with physical and mental disabilities. In addition public schools were required to evaluate disabled children and create an educational plan with parent input that would emulate as closely as possible the educational experience of non-disabled students. Other requirements were that school districts provide administrative procedures for parents of disabled children to dispute decisions, and to ensure the least restrictive environments for disabled students.

The following articles reflect diverse opinions about this important legislation. They are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

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