Prevention of Over-identification: 112th Congress

It is heartening to see all proposals to reduce the isolation of children in schools, as we have pointed out, dating back to the beginnings of Compulsory Education, moving forward through the end of JIM CROW laws, to IDEA 2004. Critical is an understanding of the hidden historical conditions bringing out yet again another version of the same issue — excluding difficult to teach children from schoolrooms. There is a continuing emergency here. It is not fair to black Americans in particular. We know enough about disproportionality to make excellent decisions.

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S.541 — Achievement Through Prevention Act (Introduced in Senate – IS)

S 541 IS

112th CONGRESS, 1st SessionS. 541

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools to increase implementation of schoolwide positive behavioral interventions and supports and early intervening services in order to improve student academic achievement, reduce overidentification of individuals with disabilities, and reduce disciplinary problems in schools, and to improve coordination with similar activities and services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

 March 10, 2011

Mr. BENNET (for himself, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. FRANKEN, and Mr. BURR) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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Confirmation of the need for behavioral supports comes from the Texas study, “Breaking Schools’ Rules,” reported on by National Public Radio, July 19, 2011.  

 

http://www.npr.org/2011/07/19/138495061/report-details-texas-school-disciplinary-policies

 

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