The Obama administration proposes standardized reporting of special education. The White House seeks to end racial bias in school districts.
Racial bias in education is a huge problem. Those of us working “in the trenches” know this to be true whether or not we have seen the “data” to back it up. We know it from the times we have walked into schools that are predominantly minority and witnessed firsthand the lack of information parents are provided about their rights – a stark contrast from what we see in schools that are predominantly white. We know it from the cases we have where assumptions are made about a child’s abilities or expectations for the future simply because of that child’s race. We know it from the situations where we see the school-to-prison pipeline try to swallow up another African American child right before our eyes. We know it from our colleagues who are providing services to students, from other advocates and attorneys, from parents and from students themselves. Read more