Why are so many minority students in special education? Understanding race and disability in schools.
reviewed by J. S. de Valenzuela - April 19, 2006
Title: Why are so many minority students in special education? Understanding race and disability in schools.
Author(s): Beth Harry and Janette Klingner
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080774624X, Pages: 206, Year: 2006
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Disproportionate representation of minority students in special education has long been recognized as a concern. In 1969, the President's Committee on Mental Retardation (PCMR) published an influential report highlighting the misidentification of African American students with mental retardation. The National Research Council has commissioned two studies of this issue (Donovan & Cross, 2002; Heller & Holtzman, 1982) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) funded a study of the disproportionate representation of minority students (Harry, 1994). Numerous published studies have documented the pervasive existence of this problem. In recent years, researchers have focused on identifying factors that may influence disproportionate representation. Opportunity to learn is one area identified as critical. However, this is an extremely complex topic that can be difficult to study. It is, nonetheless, a critical area of research. Harry and Klingners book, Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education? Understanding Race... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
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