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Country Celebrates Inclusive Education
December 9, 2004

UNITED STATES--Schools, classrooms and communities across the country are celebrating the 4th annual National Inclusive Schools Week.

According to the National Institute for Urban School Improvement, December 6-10 was designated to recognize the progress made toward inclusive education and promote efforts toward "increasing the capacity of schools and communities to provide a quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, particularly those who have disabilities".

In a message from the White House, President Bush announced his support of the event.

"The education of our children, regardless of background or disability, must always be a national priority," Bush said. "National Inclusive Schools Week highlights our Nation's progress in this area and promotes greater opportunities for children and youth with disabilities."

The National Institute for Urban School Improvement, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, is offering a 2004 Celebration Kit that can be downloaded over the Internet.

National Institute for Urban School Improvement
"A focus on disabilities opens eyes"(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)


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