Education and Special Education Disproportionality

For those who do not grasp the problem of disproportionality of minority placements in special education, an excellent reference document has been published by the National Education Association, called Truth in Labeling : Disproportionality in Special Education (2007).

It is an excellent basic document but does not go far enough to place the problem into the “larger context.”  It is now evident that, with respect to black children, most of their formal experiences are disproportional.  They are more likely to be placed in detention and some black leaders state school and community miscatagorizations are the gateway to prison, where disproportionality is also a problem.  Foster care statistics show the same pattern.

Now the NEA five years later needs to call for some kind of accountability.  It is not enough simply to identify the problem.

 ““We come then to the question presented: Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race […] deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does.” – U.S. Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education(1954)”

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