ERIC Number: ED449957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Alaskan Natives and Other Minorities in the Special Education Programs of Four Alaskan School Districts.
Pilla, Thomas V.
This report provides information on the percentages of Native Alaskans and other minorities in the special education programs of four Alaskan school districts. It was prompted by a civil rights complaint by parents in the Juneau School District alleging that Native Alaskans were overrepresented in special education programs. The complaint was resolved in 1997 after the district undertook a number of remedial actions to ensure that Alaska Native students' cultural and linguistic background are considered throughout the special education referral, assessment, and placement process. The Alaska Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights requested information from four large school districts on the identification of students for placement in special education classes, number of students served, special education staff, and complaint procedures. The districts were Anchorage School District, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Juneau School District, and Nome Public School District, which together serve 57 percent of Alaska's K-12 students. Results were mixed, but special education programs in Anchorage and Fairbanks had overrepresentations of Alaska Natives and American Indians. As in the Juneau case, cultural and linguistic differences may account for some of this overrepresentation. The Committee recommends that other school districts review the efforts undertaken by the Juneau School District to address the issue. In addition, the Committee noted the lack of ethnic diversity in the special education staff of the districts studied and recommends the development of appropriate recruitment and hiring strategies. (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Disability Identification, Disproportionate Representation, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Parent Grievances, School Districts, School Personnel, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Student Placement
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United States Commission on Civil Rights, Los Angeles, CA. Western Regional Office.
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska