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A Comprehensive Approach to the Issue of Disparate Special Education Placement Rates of African American and National-Origin Minority Youth

By Robert Pressman

African American and National-Origin minority youth are labeled as having disabilities and placed in separate classes at higher rates than white pupils. This article examines this disparity and the need, as well as the strategies, for eliminating misclassifications. It also suggests ways to implement more fully the IDEA's core requirement that students with disabilities be educated in regular classes as much as possible.

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