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Continuum of Placement Alternatives

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I need help with a discussion question that I have to answer this week in a short essay. I'm not sure what "Explain the continuum of placement alternatives" means. The rest of the question is "What are the implications of keeping children with special needs in the classroom with children that are without disabilities? Discuss the pros and cons".

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Basically, this concept comes straight of the IDEA Amendments to legislation governing the special education services offered to students with special needs. Specifically, it states "Each public agency must ensure that a continuum of alternative placements is available to meet the needs of children with disabilities for special education and related services". This means that districts must make options available for all special needs students residing in their district. This can take the form of instruction in regular ...

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The continuum of placement alternatives are examined.

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