ED Calls for Equity for Students of Color with Disabilities

In order to address data that show children of color with disabilities are more likely to be educated in settings outside of the general classroom, and more likely to be removed from the classroom for discipline reasons, ED issued a proposed new rule to address the disparities that exist. Acting Secretary King said, “This effort is not about reducing the number of children who are identified as having a disability. It’s a matter of making sure the right services are getting to the right children in the right way … [this is ] something we can and must fix. And we can do it with this proposed rule.” Comments can be made to the Federal Register notice until May 16.

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Published by JaDonnia B.

An education and counseling professional, I focus my expertise on diversity, inclusion and family engagement/empowerment Of particular importance is the partnership between parents and the community schools that serve their children. Highlighting strategies, tips and evidence-based best practices for family engagement, my aim is to alter mindsets, broaden perspectives, foster empathy, and build capacity. Offering 'food for thought' and inviting discussion, I also tell truths rarely explored. A holistic culturally-responsive approach to teaching, learning and engaging others begins with respect. I promote respect and fully integrating curricular diversity in formal learning settings! Collaboration with families is necessary, because parents hold the master key that unlocks doors to child health and wellness, academic achievement, and believe it or not, teacher excellence and stronger school communities.

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