Minorities Being Misplaced in Special Education?

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has assembled a panel of experts to discuss why minorities are frequently misplaced into special education. While research has long shown that non-Asian minorities make up a disproportionate number of students assigned to special education, there is disagreement concerning the reasons for this disproportion. Some of the reasons to be discussed by our panel of experts include: poor reading skills, limited English proficiency, perverse financial incentives, poor teacher training and instruction, disparate treatment, and the achievement gap. The speakers will include The Honorable Stephanie Monroe, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Martin Gould, Director of Technology and Research at the National Council on Disability, Reginald Felton, Director of Federal Relations at the National School Boards Association, Dr. Matthew Ladner, Vice President of Research for the Goldwater Institute, Dr. Daniel Reschly, Professor of Education and Psychology in Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Hilary Shelton, Director of the Washington Bureau of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Peter A. Zamora, the Washington, D.C. Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and William H. Hurd, partner with Troutman Sanders. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, December 3 at 9 a.m.

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