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Renewed IDEA Targets Minority Overrepresentation.


The article reports that the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act will attempt to eliminate one of the longest-running problems in special education: the overrepresentation of minority students. The Schott Foundation for Public Education recently released a report on education and black males that showed black students accounted for 72 percent of the total number of students with mental retardation classifications in Chicago's public schools, while black students accounted for 52 percent of overall enrollment. In addition to over-enrollment, researchers say that black and Hispanic students are more likely than white students to spend time outside the regular classroom.

  • Contributor: Samuels, Christina A.
  • Date Published: 2004/12/08/
  • ISBN: 02774232
  • Journal/Secondary Title: Education Week
  • Number: 15
  • Publisher: Editorial Projects in Education
  • Volume: 24
  • Year: 2004

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