Since the 1980's, more and more schools have begun to practice the technique of inclusion and mainstreaming in their classrooms. These practices involve the integration of special education students into regular education classrooms. This is an extremely controversial idea because it relates to educational and social values, as well as our sense of individual worth (Educational Resources). While full inclusion of all students into regular classrooms may not be beneficial to all, inclusion is a
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Almost every state and most school districts are attempting to integrate students with special needs into regular schools and classrooms. This integration derives from their legal force from the "least restrictive environment" section of Public Law 94-142 (as amended by Public Law 101-476), which states that:
"… to the maximum extent appropriate, handicapped children, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, [must be] educated with children who are not handicapped…" (NEA).