Racial Inequity in Special Education / Edition 1

Racial Inequity in Special Education / Edition 1

by Daniel J. Losen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1891792040

ISBN-13: 9781891792045

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Harvard Education Press


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

Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891792045
Publisher:
Harvard Education Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgementsxiii
Introduction: Racial Inequity in Special Educationxv
Chapter 1Community and School Predictors of Overrepresentation of Minority Children in Special Education1
Chapter 2Racial Disparities in the Identification, Funding, and Provision of Special Education15
Chapter 3Double Jeopardy: An Exploration of Restrictiveness and Race in Special Education39
Chapter 4Of Rocks and Soft Places: Using Qualitative Methods to Investigate Disproportionality71
Chapter 5Schools Make a Difference: The Overrepresentation of African American Youth in Special Education and the Juvenile Justice System93
Chapter 6English-Language Learner Representation in Special Education in California Urban School Districts117
Chapter 7Disability, Race, and High-Stakes Testing of Students137
Chapter 8Legal Challenges to Inappropriate and Inadequate Special Education for Minority Children167
Chapter 9Evaluating the Office for Civil Rights' Minority and Special Education Project195
Chapter 10IDEA and Disproportionality: Federal Enforcement, Effective Advocacy, and Strategies for Change219
Chapter 11Ending Segregation of Chicago's Students with Disabilities: Implications of the Corey H. Lawsuit239
About the Contributors273
Name Index277
Subject Index285

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