October 24, 1990

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WASHINGTON--When Ronald Reagan announced in 1988 that Lauro F. Cavazos would be the new Secretary of Education and the first Hispanic to serve in the Cabinet, many in the Hispanic community expressed suspicion about the President's motives for the election-year appointment, but pride at the achievement of one of their own.
We agree with Perry Zirkel's observation that special education is in a precarious position today and that those who care about the education of students with disabilities must speak out now if it is to be saved from a great fall ("'Backlash' Threatens Special Education," Aug. 1, 1990). But Mr. Zirkel missed the primary reasons for special education's vulnerability.
The author and scholar Jacques Barzun gives his views on multicultural education in an interview in the September issue of Basic Education.
Seymour B. Samson, professor of psychology, emeritus, at Yale University, has added a new volume to his insightful dissections of schooling in America. But this book has the discomforting title, The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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