For those of us who work in the area, this recent New York Times article didn’t seem like new news. An August 7, 2012 New York Times article reported that “Students with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be suspended from school as non-disabled students,” with the highest rates among black children with disabilities.
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles, conducted the study.
The study found that 13 percent of disabled students in kindergarten through 12th grade were suspended during the 2009-2010 school year compared with 7 percent of students without disabilities. The rate was much higher among black children: one out of every four was suspended at least once that school year. In Illinois, the rate was close to 42 percent compared with about 8 percent for white students.Share on Facebook