Special Education Leadership Plan For Minority Students

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Avoiding the Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Education
Special Education Leadership Plan
Pauline Holder
University of West Georgia

Avoiding the Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Education
In the article The overrepresentation of African American students in special education, Fanion (2010) suggests some of Georgia’s public schools are struggling when it comes to the placement of minorities in special education (Fanion, 2010). Fanion (2010) suggests African American students still are placed in special education more than any other students in Georgia Public Schools. Georgia’s data shows African American students are more likely than any other minority group to be placed in special education and labeled with behavior and learning disabilities (Fanion, 2010).
As an educator teaching in the general education setting, I selected this topic because I have always wonder about the factors that led to how many minority students are placed in special education. Current statistics show black males are more likely to be placed in special education than white males. I am currently following the Allston versus Lower Merion School District court case. In the case of Allston versus Lower Merion School District, the parents are suing the school district because they feel their children were wrongly labeled with learning disabilities and kept in special education without re-evaluations being conducted. With the protection of the federal
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