April 23, 2010
BY MAXIM ALMENAS
Leonia — Some parents with children in the Leonia school district may not have a complete grasp of the English language, but they do recognize their children are scoring lower academically in comparison to students of other races. (more…)
The decision by state and federal officials to require 21 New Jersey school districts to spend 15 percent of their federal funds to analyze why so many African-American and Hispanic students are in special education and take steps to reverse the trend is welcome news.
Too many black and Hispanic students, particularly boys, are being shuttled off to special education after vague diagnoses such as “mentally disturbed.” Some belong in special education and will benefit from being there, but one has to wonder about the decision-making process.
Statewide, the percentage of minority students in special education is representative, in most cases, of their numbers in the general student population. But in some districts, there are stark and hard-to-understand disparities. (more…)