Racial Disparities in Special Ed.: How Widespread Is the Problem?
Are too many minority students being placed into special education who don’t need to be there? And, once enrolled, are they kept in isolated classrooms or punished more severely than their peers?
For 423 school districts in the 2015-16 school year—the most recent year for which complete federal statistics are available—the answer was yes.
That’s about 3 percent of the nation’s 14,500 or so school systems. More than 20 states documented no disproportionality in their districts that year, according to an analysis by the Education…