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Mainstreaming Takes a Hit

By Christina A. Samuels — August 12, 2008 1 min read

Only 25 percent of public teachers believe that students with emotional and behavioral disabilities should be taught in regular classrooms along with other students, according to a poll released today by the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University. (Scroll down to the section titled “Mainstreaming the Disabled” to see the results.)

Public school teachers were statistically tied with the public at large; the poll said only 28 percent of the public believes that students with these disabilities should be mainstreamed.

My colleague, Linda Jacobson, has written an article about these poll results and what they may mean for the presidential election. In the meantime, I’m working on an article about new research into adolescents with behavioral disorders that is slated to run in Education Week‘s Aug. 27 issue.

A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.