This past week, researchers at Penn State University released a study, which exposed the disparities that exist within the special education programs of America’s public school systems.
The big problem over black children being over-represented as “special needs students” in schools in every U.S. state seems to be a major subject in a majority of professional research studies conducted on this ubiquitous issue. Plus, the more effective treatment methods being offered in predominately white, suburban public school districts are not being offered in the urban, predominately black public school districts of America.
Penn State’s most recent study pointed out this reality in The Daily Collegian, the school’s student-produced newspaper. Paul Morgan, a professor in the department of education policy studies at Penn State led the effort of Penn State’s current report. Kristie Auman-Bauer, of The Daily Collegian wrote and published the following:
“[Professor Morgan] recently found evidence that black children may not be receiving special education services they are entitled to, even when displaying the same clinical needs as white children. The synthesis was published recently in the Sage journal Exceptional Children. Morgan also recently presented the findings to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, the President’s Domestic Policy Council, and the U.S. Department of Education (The Daily Collegian, December 2016).”
The Daily Collegian also pointed out that the health care nightmare going on in America is another adversity, which adds to the pain being experienced in this nation’s race-related special education crisis.
“Black children, because of many societal inequities, often experience lower quality health care and are at greater risk for disabilities. Not providing care and treatment to children with disabilities on the basis of their race or ethnicity is discriminatory, and may be exacerbating educational inequalities, including achievement gaps and school dropout.,” Morgan told The Daily Collegian.
Black parents who are educated have the key to avoid the nation’s systemic, race-based special education crisis by taking the task of academically preparing their children for the future into their own hands.