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ERIC Number: EJ797735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1937-6928
Restrictiveness and Race in Special Education: Facts that Remain Difficult to Ignore Anymore
Algozzine, Bob
Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, v3 n1 p64-69 Mar 2005
Perhaps one of the most long-standing concerns in special education is the over-representation of some groups of children in special education. In this issue, Fierros and Blomberg report that racial/ethnic representation of special education students in charter schools mirrors that in general education populations. These findings are not new and are easily reproducible; the position taken here is that illustrating that over-representation exists, or the extent of it, is misplaced effort. If special education worked, few would be concerned about the distribution (or "over-distribution") of services; but, special education does not work all that well for many children receiving it; and therefore, research, reassessment, and reform should be redirected to the quality of services students receive not who receives them. This also is not a new idea, but it is among the least long-standing actions taken in special education and the time for change is rapidly approaching a critical edge. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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