Skip to comments.Beaverton, Portland, Tigard schools sanctioned for disciplining minority special ed students
Posted on 07/14/2011 10:13:50 AM PDT by reaganaut1
Beaverton School District has a $543,000 hole to fill in its special education fund next school year because staff disciplined a higher ratio of Latino students in special education than in the general school population.
The district is one of three in the Portland area to get dinged for suspending and expelling a disproportionate ratio of minorities in special education, based on a federal law the state began enforcing in 2008.
The law, part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, was created to help deal with a decades-old national problem -- minorities are over-represented in special education.
Under the law, states must monitor districts for mislabeling minority students as needing special education. In addition, they must determine if schools are disproportionately disciplining minorities and over-identifying them with particular impairments, among other problems.
Portland Public was sanctioned in 2009 and 2011 for disciplining more than 40 black special education students each year. Most of the students were disciplined for physical or verbal aggression, including threats, fighting and insubordination, according to the Oregon Department of Education.
Beaverton was sanctioned in 2010 and had to divert about $1 million from special education into general education. The district spent about half of the money this school year and will spend the remaining $543,000 in 2011-12.
Given budget cuts, the district has not yet determined how it will fill the hole in its special education funds for the coming school year, said Claire Hertz, the district's chief financial officer.
The district was sanctioned for expelling or suspending 18 Latino students in special education.
"When we analyzed the data, most of it was for gang-type behavior and drugs or alcohol," said Joshua Fritts, Beaverton's special education director.
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Different groups misbehave at different rates. IDEA (the federal law on special ed) was passed in 2004, when Republicans controlled the presidency and Congress. Why can't the GOP stop doing stupid things?
I suppose that any time they punish a Latino kid they’ll have to pick an innocent white kid to flog at random.
Oh, how I wish for the one room school house, wood stove, and hickory stick sitting handily in the corner.
Just what part is the “minority” and what part is the “special ed?”
IDEA has a lot of things in it that have done a lot to damage education in this country. A lot of indiscipline in school is related to it- the language of “least restrictive environment” leading to disruptive students left in the classroom until they present a physical threat to others, because their disability legally prevents them from being disciplined. Or at least, that is an interpretation by a lot of school administrators. Also, it has led to a lot of dumbing down of things in school- a fleet only moves as fast as the slowest boats. Not to mention the huge waste of time and money making absolutely certain of compliance- I have seen special ed teachers working for hours after school on IEPs (Individual Education Plans), huge folders full of paperwork that do no one any good, except the school system if a lawsuit happens. As far as it being a GOP failure, it was first passed in 1990, and then renewed in 2004, so it would be a Democrat failure.
Because of stupid, greedy constituents. And stupid bureaucrats creating moronic rules that rely entirely on statistics rather on the issues that generated those statistics.
Is it not interesting that the schools didn’t have this problem until the minorities enter the schools? I know, sounds racist but the facts prove it out. If in fact this is true, then place the minorities in their own schools and see how that works out for them.
That's the reason for "zero tolerance" -- so that enough non-minority kids can be caught at something and disciplined that they can make their numbers look OK.
And since the victims of misbehaving students are ususally other students, you have nonaggressive special ed students being pushed around, beaten up, etc. by aggressive ones, in a "racially disproportionate" way. "Reflecting the lingering legacy of Jim Crow."
Look, I can recite it in my sleep.
Implicit in all liberal ill-conceived attempts at equality is the assumption that different groups act exactly the same - as in the same temperament, same violations of order, etc.
And as usual, they use these demonstrably false assumptions to enforce their rules.
If libs were REALLY serious about diversity and equal proportionality representation, they’d been long ago launching their silly theories into sports...
And are those "special ed" classes for the mentally handicapped or just for the ne'er do wells who refuse to apply themselves or both?
The Left is always looking for venues for their lawyer buddies to sue, for they themselves to impose more restrictions on discipline, or to further exacerbate class divisions. It is the same thing as complaining that the minorities are the majority of prison populations without any contextual reference.
It is all part of the Marxists playbook.
I’m sure there are few Chinese-American being expelled because teachers are biased in their favor /s.
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If libs were REALLY serious about diversity and equal proportionality representation, theyd been long ago launching their silly theories into sports...
agreed! if you remove the “PC”, the science is clear.
asian americans do much better in SATs than whites.
yet we spend billions trying to reduce the “achievement gap” between blacks and whites.
(and for the achievement gap between asians and whites?
blacks are vastly overrepresented in certain sports.
and they explain this as poor white parents aren’t as interested in their kids getting college scholarships etc.
(even though there are many times more poor whites than blacks.)
black males are more prone to hardening of the arteries.
there ARE real differences. (on AVERAGE. not all)
including testosterone levels.
and testosterone levels do correlate with violence levels.
science not PC.
average testosterone levels, from lowest to highest:
asians, caucasions, hispanics, blacks
teachers talk about tailoring learning methods, to the “style” of the student. visual, aural, etc.
yet refuse to consider real differences, that would actually help them, to help ALL the children succeed.
THAT is true racism.
You mean like, the contextual reference would indicate they committed crimes at a higher level.
That is exactly what I mean. I also mean the lack of mention that most of their crimes were against their own race. They simply cite the statistics and leave the implication that the mean, cold hearted white people are indiscriminately putting minorities into prison.
Anything the government touches is ultimately run by politics.
We need separation of school and state.
We need separation of school and state.
From your keyboard to God’s ear!!
The sooner we do away with our socialized school system and replace it with a capitalist system, the better off we will be.
There is no more excuse for socialized schooling than there is for socialized medicine.