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Former CDF Researcher Dies

By Ann Bradley — September 22, 2008 1 min read

Paul V. Smith, 69, a retired director of research for the Children’s Defense Fund, died Sept. 9 of sepsis. Mr. Smith had worked for the Washington-based advocacy organization for more than 30 years. His 1974 study on children out of school, the group’s first report, helped lead to what is now the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 24, 2008 edition of Education Week

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