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The Haunting Reality of Discrimination in School Discipline

Discrimination based on race and disability demands our attention—and action, writes Catherine E. Lhamon, the chair of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. (July 29, 2019)

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We should have one nimble education system that serves all students, writes Colorado educator Steve Sandoval.
September 18, 2019 – Education Week
Eight in 10 special educators are white, but some teacher-preparation programs are working to make the field more diverse.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
Three ongoing lawsuits make the case that schools have a responsibility to consider and mitigate the effects of students' personal traumas on their learning.
September 4, 2019 – Education Week
The children exposed to high levels of lead-laced drinking water from Michigan's Flint River are entering schools now and the school system is straining to meet their special education needs.
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
The Los Angeles Unified School District, which educates about 64,500 students with disabilities, will regain full control over programs that serve their special needs, after decades of costly court-ordered outside supervision, officials announced this week.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
Discrimination based on race and disability demands our attention—and action, writes Catherine E. Lhamon, the chair of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
July 30, 2019 – Education Week
Three new studies show that a web of factors appear to influence how often black and Hispanic children are identified for special education compared to similar white peers.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Many English-learners and students with disabilities spend lots of time in the general education classroom, and yet teachers there often lack training in how to meet their needs
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Inclusion doesn't just mean throwing disabled students into general education classrooms without support, writes disability advocate Hannah Grieco.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
One mother’s complaint to the state of Oklahoma regarding her child prompts a state order affecting students with disabilities throughout Tulsa.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week

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