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On the Nexus of Race,Disability, and overrepresentation:What Do We Know?Where Do We Go?
The ethnic overrepresentation of students in special education programs in this
country has been a recognized problem for more than 30 years. Simply defined,
overrepresentation, or the disproportionate placement of students of a given
ethnic group in special education programs, means that the percentage of
students from that group in such programs is disproportionally greater than
their percentage in the school population as a whole.
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