Nevada Legislation Proposed

April 1973
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Apr1973, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p258
Academic Journal
This article reports that just over a year ago the Nevada Department of Education began a study of the education of handicapped children in that state. At the meeting of State Board of Education last November, a legislative proposal was presented to assure free public education for all handicapped youth, aged 3-17, in Nevada public schools. That proposal was approved by the Board and will now be sent to the legislature for its action. The proposal states, that it is the policy of this state to provide, and to require school districts to provide, as an integral part of free public education, special education sufficient to meet the needs and maximize the capabilities of handicapped children. The Nevada State Board of Education will establish guidelines and regulations to determine the eligibility of children for services under the proposed law. The legislature will be asked during the next session to guarantee financial resources sufficient to assure a free public education for each handicapped child residing in Nevada. Under the present law there are presently 5,598 children in Nevada that are enrolled in special education programs, which is 4.3 percent of the total school enrollment of 130,186.


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