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A timeline of parent involvement in education ranging from the early 20th century to present day.
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Parents of children with special needs are convinced by educators to place their children in institutions during the Eugenics movement.
Parents of children with Autism face ridicule, blaming them for their child's disability, and in extreme cases resulting in "parentectomy"
Parents and other family members created the first national parent-family organization, now called The Arc of the United States
Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory inspires Congress to acknowledge the connection between family environment and human development, otherwise known as environmental enrichment. As a result, professionals now encourage family members to act as co-teachers.
Congress enacts IDEA
Reagan signs the Handicapped Children's Protection Act, giving parents more say in their child's education plan. Also, the parent role in the decision making process within education shifts from professional-centeredness to family-centeredness.
The Education for all Handicapped Children’s Act becomes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. President Clinton reauthorized IDEA with several key amendments, some of which focus on the role of the parent.
Congress amended IDEA by calling for early intervention for students, greater accountability and improved educational outcomes, and raised the standards for instructors who teach special education classes.
Parents of children with special needs continue to create several organizations that provide education to individuals who are denied enrollment in public schools
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