What We’re Watching: The Complicated Problem Of Race And Special Education

Are minority students, particularly African Americans, overrepresented or underrepresented in special ed?

It has previously been reported that African American students are more likely to be placed in special education than students of other races. However, a study released earlier this summer found that minority students are less likely than similar white peers to be in one of five common disability categories—emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, “other health impairment,” specific learning disability, and speech and language impairment.

HuffPostLive talks with experts about some of these issues in this 6-minute video.  A longer discussion of these issues can be found here.

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H/T: This Week in Education

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