Racial Inequity in Special Education

Racial Inequity in Special Education

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Harvard Education Pr
An illuminating account of a widespread problem that has received little attention,Racial Inequity in Education sets the stage for a more fruitful discussion about special education and racial justice.

Racial inequities pervade special education in U.S. schools today. Minority children—especially African Americans—are far more likely than white children to be designated mentally retarded or emotionally disturbed and therefore in need of special education. Even when appropriately placed in special education classes, minority children often receive poorer services than disabled white children.

This book explores the inequities experienced by minority schoolchildren in special education. These issues are examined as problems in their own right, and as reflections of persistent racial inequities in our system of public education.Racial Inequity in Special Education describes the scope of these problems, and provides a comprehensive review of attempts by legislators, child advocates, and educational and civil rights enforcement agencies to address these complex issues. The authors outline essential areas for further research and dialogue.

This book focuses on a rising concern in education: minorities are more likely to be classified as disabled, and subsequently given less attention in the classroom. These essays review educational policies to help teachers counter this trend.

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Commissioned by The Civil Rights Project at Harvard, this text examines racial inequity in special education, with an emphasis on the experiences of African American children. Eleven contributions from educators and researchers discuss issues such as the overrepresentation of minority children in special education, racial disparities in funding, and the implications of the Corey H. lawsuit to desegregate students with disabilities in Chicago. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Civil Rights Project, Harvard University : Harvard Education Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781891792045
Branch Call Number: 370.1934 RACIA
Characteristics: xxxvii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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