Special education and school discipline are issues that, together, are largely pushed out of the limelight. But, we know that for too long, many students of color have been improperly placed in special ed classes and are disproportionately disciplined compared to their peers. That has to stop, and this week we took a step to make a difference.
Joining with other education and civil rights groups, Stand signed onto a letter to U.S. Education Secretary DeVos expressing our support for racial equity in special education. Specifically, the letter addresses an Obama-era rule that would require states to identify districts with significant disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of students of color with disabilities. This action would help ensure that all students have the appropriate supports and receive fair treatment in their schools.