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    Street-Level Bureaucrats and Institutional Innovation

    Implementing Special-Education Reform

    Richard Weatherley, Michael Lipsky
    Recent state and federal legislation holds the promise of sweeping reform in special- education practices. In this article, Richard Weatherley and Michael Lipsky examine the implementation of Chapter 766, the dramatically innovative state special- education law in Massachusetts. They show how the necessary coping mechanisms that individual school personnel use to manage the demands of their jobs may, in the aggregate, constrain and distort the implementation of special-education reform. Their findings have serious implications for those seeking to introduce policy innovations in service bureaucracies of all kinds where the deliverers of service exercise substantial discretion in setting their work priorities.

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    Summer 1977 Issue

    Abstracts

    Law, Politics, and Equal Educational Opportunity
    The Limits of Judicial Involvement
    David L. Kirp
    Bilingual Education
    The Legal Mandate
    Herbert Teitelbaum, Richard J. Hiller
    Street-Level Bureaucrats and Institutional Innovation
    Implementing Special-Education Reform
    Richard Weatherley, Michael Lipsky
    Social Relations as Contexts for Learning in School
    R. P. McDermott
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