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Education Department seeks standard approach to flagging racial bias in special education

from Education Week

The U.S. Department of Education wants all districts to start using a standard approach in measuring whether they are identifying minority students for special education services at higher rates than their peers. In a proposed rule released, officials said that the change would likely prompt many more districts to be classified as having "significant disproportionality," which, under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, means they would have to set aside a portion of their federal funds to fix the problem. Significant disproportionality also applies to student discipline, and to student placement — for example, whether a student is moved outside of a regular classroom. more


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