in the sociology of education for 1997, 1998, and 1999. He received a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in 1986, was awarded a National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellowship in 1988, and completed a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Ford Foundation minority doctoral dissertation fellow in 1994.
Donald L. MacMillan is professor of education at the University of California, Riverside. He has conducted research on problems in measuring disproportion in the representation of minorities in special education programs and on mainstreaming minority children. He has published widely on special education issues for the past 30 years, particularly in the area of mental retardation. He has also conducted research on issues of identification and assessment of children with learning disabilities. Among his many awards, he received the career research scientist award from the Academy on Mental Retardation, the research award from the Council for Exceptional Children in 1998, the outstanding research award from the special education special interest group of the American Educational Research Association in 1998, the education award of the American Association on Mental Retardation in 1990, and the Edgar A. Doll award from Division 33 of the American Psychological Association in 1989. He has an Ed.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Margaret J. McLaughlin is associate director of the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she directs several national projects related to school reform and special education. Her recent research publications examine the extent to which students with disabilities and special education programs interact with school reform initiatives, including standard assessments and new accountability systems. She served as cochair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Goals 2000 and the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities. She has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Virginia.
Diana Pullin is an attorney, professor, and former dean of the School of Education at Boston College. As a practicing attorney, she has represented school districts, teachers’ unions, parents, students, and educators in a broad range of matters concerning education law, civil rights, and employment, and she is best known for representing a class of students that successfully challenged Florida’s requirement that students pass a minimum-competency test in order to graduate. Her research and teaching focus on education law, particularly testing. She served as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Goals 2000 and the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities. She has a J.D. and a Ph.D., the latter in education, from the University of Iowa.