African American Students From Special Education

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The study also implies that all African American students are less likely than their European American colleagues to be withdrawn from special education. These African American students may exhibit lower achievement gains while in special education, according to the U.S. Department of Education, 2004 (Banks, J. j., & Hughes, M. S. 2013). In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights reported that African American students represent 17.13% of the total public school population while they account for more than 26% of the children served in special education classrooms (Banks, J. j., & Hughes, M. S. 2013). Across all ethnic groups, African American students are at the highest risk of being placed in special education (Harry & Klinger, 2006). According to researcher Banks, once labeled as having a learning disability, African American students are less likely to be given the opportunity to be tested out of the remedial classes. (Banks, J. j., & Hughes, M. S. 2013) In addition, an African American student who is in special education is more likely to be a male student than a female student according to Banks and Hughes. The Boston Globe reports that there are 1.9 million girls and 3.8 million boys in America classified as special education students (Banks, J. j., & Hughes, M. S. 2013). Recent educational statistics indicate that African American male students represent only 9% of the total school age population. However, African American Male students account
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