16. The Future of School Speech-Language Pathology

Members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association must publish a policy statement taking a strong professional stand against special education disproportionality.  The National Education Association in 2007 published a seminal paper on the subject, setting out the issues in a comprehensive and clear manner.  It was published formally and registered with the Library of Congress.

ASHA should be among progressive professional organizations against disproportional representation of minority pupils.

We commend the NEA and school psychology for leadership and perspective:

“All stakeholders—classroom teachers, related service providers, parents and community leaders, school and district decision makers, and state and federal policymakers—play an important role in decreasing disproportionality and improving educational outcomes for students.  Working together, we can make a difference.”

 Truth in labeling : disproportionality in special education. 2007   National Education Association of the United States.


“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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