Education – Congressional Briefing to be Held on Over-Identification and Discipline in Special Education

Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Donald McEachin (D-VA) will host a briefing on the over-identification and discipline in special education on Thursday, December 7th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The Obama administration established a rule in 2016 that created a standardized approach to determine whether school districts have significant disparities in how they identify, segregate, or discipline minority students with disabilities. According to press reports, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is strongly considering eliminating this regulation. The briefing panel will discuss the research on significant disproportionality, what these practices look like in the classroom, and policy implications, including what it would mean to rescind the regulation.

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