Education: Into the Mainstream

Apart from busing, perhaps the most controversial public school issue of the day is "mainstreaming," the growing practice of integrating physically and mentally handicapped children into regular classes. Until the past few years, most such children, if they received any formal education at all, did so only in special classes or schools, segregated from their normal peers. In part because of the efforts of parents' organizations, all but two states now have mandatory "right to education" laws, and Congress last fall passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, authorizing funding...

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