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40 years after passage of IDEA, debate continues on best ways to serve special education students

On Board Online • October 17, 2016

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

In the 1963 movie A Child is Waiting, characters played by Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland argue about whether "mentally retarded" children are capable of learning and should be educated. The movie ends with a father reluctantly visiting a facility - a state mental institution - and being stunned to see his developmentally disabled son recite poetry from memory. Strikingly, there is no discussion in the movie of providing these students with access to the public schools.

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State education leaders visit Buffalo to address critical education issues

FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2016

CONTACT: David Albert
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State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and nearly 2000 school board members will be in Buffalo next week to address such topics as educational inequities, bullying, drug abuse and other issues facing New York’s schools.

The discussions will take place at the New York State School Boards Association’s Convention on October 27 to 29 at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center.

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