Skip to comments.State flags 4 Sacramento-area districts over blacks in special education
Posted on 09/19/2012 5:19:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Sacramento County's four largest school districts are among dozens in California that have gotten letters from the state saying they have a disproportionate number of African American students in their special education programs who are designated as emotionally disturbed....
..."There is a disproportionate number of African American boys. Why that category?" said Diana Blackmon,director of special services for the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento. "We certainly don't see it with autism,retardation or deafness. That,off the top,leads me to think something more is going on."
....[Diana Blackmon, director of special services for the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento]who also served as a special education consultant for the state Department of Education,said that students labeled emotionally disturbed often simply have behavior problems.
A large number are foster youths who have been through horrific life trauma, she said. "Many are the average defiant kid that tosses a chair over but doesn't hurt anyone," she said. "Sometimes educators aren't prepared to deal with these kids."....
.....Officials at the four local districts stressed that they use standardized protocols in assessing students. Students are identified as emotionally disturbed only by a licensed psychologist. Districts often pair that with classroom observations and academic testing. Parents,teachers,school staff and law enforcement personnel can request such an evaluation,and the information is evaluated by a team that usually includes the parent.
The criteria for designating a student as emotionally disturbed are broad. Among them:an inability to learn that can't be explained by intellectual or health factors;an inability to maintain interpersonal relationships;inappropriate behavior;and depression.
Once identified as emotionally disturbed,students qualify for an array of services and counseling. That can range from spending a set amount of time each day with a resource teacher to attending therapeutic centers that offer small classes and specially trained teachers........
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2) School discipline failure.
3) Family breakdown due to generational welfare.
....Once identified as emotionally disturbed,students qualify for an array of services and counseling.....
Related: Chicago teacher strike demand info:
...."An agreement to hire more nurses, social workers and school counselors if the system gets new revenue, including from tax increment financing funds."....
Act up to get them social scurity checks!
How is it the school district’s fault blacks run a scam to get more free Obsma bucks?
“Many are the average defiant kid that tosses a chair over but doesn’t hurt anyone”
Send these average yoots to Ms Redmond’s office for a day and let her manage their behavior
Special ed is a blessing to these fatherless drug and alcohol exposed negelected feral children. They get all kinds of extra services and accomodations
And then, there is also those SSI checks. Take away the diagnosis and take away the checks, then Momma come buss yo ass.
They also avoid standardized tests to evaluate the schools.
The mandate from on high came down for even special ed kids to take the SOL. We have a severely CP kid at my kid’s school. They wanted the CP kid to take the SOL. The aide had to tell the test person “He can’t even write or say his name”. They had no idea what to do. They were used to dealing with inner city kids who were just either dumb or lazy.
You can bet there's no return on the ‘value for money’ that is spent on them.
It goes on until they die (reproducing more and worse than themselves in the process). The taxpayer is burdened with the expense of the gutter existence these people prefer and refuse to leave.
special ed teachers are mostly saints on earth, from what I have experienced
special ed is really a highly enriched and individualized education system- a private school within a public school system. Many white parent hire lawyers to try to get those services for their kids. To think that some bureaucrat would flag special ed as if it was a form of discrimination against foster kids and black boys is ludicrous. I suppose this woman is accusing the school system and its psychologists of lying or incompetence along with racism. Nor has she ever tried to teach a class salted with these angry dysfunctional children
Too bad Trayvon Martin didn’t hail from CA.
The way I read it was that kids without learning disabilities were being shoved into the system for special ed kids.
No one wins in that scenario
Having no father in your raising and role models like ICE-T and other rap gangsters will do that.
Then add in all the government freebies for being born non-white and there you have it.
Real Fix: have them study and embrace Western Culture and do what the white people do. Obama lived with white people, went to school with them, and pretty much acts like them and he grew up to be president!
If “they” had “no idea what to do” then they are derelict in their jobs
Special ed mandates a number of accommodations
for diagnosed disabled kids on IEPs to take SOL’s and other assessments, such as extra time to complete, special implements and special paper, lighting, noise control, sensory tools to squeeze and manipulate, etc, typing and word processing devices, verbal testing, etc etc
One I will request when my autistic son goes back into school (now homeschooling) is my presence near him when he is testing, to reduce his anxiety
Exactly. The black parents want an autism diagnosis or some other diagnosis so the can get CRAZY CHECKS from the Federales. They want this diagnosis!!
Crazy check is an SS disability check, the new welfare
and believe me, those procedures are detailed at length and the schools do follow them to the letter!
I have stacks of paperwork from the school to meet the federal disabilities act and other state and county requirements- copies of manuals and regs, notices, meetings, reports of meetings, evaluations, reviews yada yada yada
Just try to get your kid special ed service at school, even an IEP and see what hoops you and the school have to jump through
This sounds a lot like some stupid bureaucrat is taking umbrage because of the disproportionate number of foster kids and black boys in special ed...which in her suspiciously rasist mind means “retarded”
Mixing emotionally disturbed children with children who have learning disabilities or are on the autistic spectrum is not good for either group.
Putting emotionally disturbed children who have behavior problems into the regular classrooms will disrupt learning there.
If Ms. Blackmon admits that these black children have behavior problems, are in foster care, and have been through “horrific life trauma,” then one would expect a lot of them to be emotionally disturbed. The special programs that schools can offer amount to Band-aids on a gaping wound, but not to acknowledge that there are a disproportionate number of black children among the emotionally disturbed does not help them at all.
Politically correct fix: Put a bunch of white, normal children into special ed to ‘even the numbers out’.
special ed taught my son to read- I consider that a return on value
(my child had developmental delays. now is mainstream).
...it is truly unfortunate, that some mothers are given financial incentives, to put healthy children into these programs. everyone loses from that.
Part of the 47% or the 53%?
It has been a popular scam for years, but once a kid gets this label then he keeps it for life.
The parents don't want to lose the money, and the schools don't want to lose the money.
You sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind.
“Act up to get them social scurity checks!”
It’s known as “crazy money”
Emotionally disturbed Special Education student....do they get a check from the State of California?
“Policies proposed to boost boys [and men] of color”....[CA] “State leaders should revise school testing and funding, extend health care coverage for those aging out of foster care, and make it harder for schools to suspend and expel - all to improve the odds of success for boys and young men of color in California.
Those are among dozens of recommendations from a state legislative committee that spent the past year and a half looking into why the state’s minority youth are less healthy, have lower test scores and are more likely to be incarcerated than other young people.
.....Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, led by Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda, will introduce more than 50 pages of policy and legislative recommendations...
......[Swanson] plans to ask Assembly Speaker John Pérez to appoint a new chair so the committee can continue its work next year, and see whether lawmakers should create a state commission on the status of boys and men of color.
Here is a sampling of recommendations from the state Assembly’s Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color:.....”
“Disciplining Students Is Racist?” - Among all the bizarre ideas that emanate from the callow and sciolistic mind of the modern American liberal, the statistical disparity argument is one of the most fallacious. It has permeated and destroyed so many aspects of society. It is now being offered by Obamas education secretary, Arne Duncan, in the area of disciplining school students.
.....Duncan, in 2010, dramatically announced that the Dept. of Education (ED) will be issuing a series of guidance letters to school districts and postsecondary institutions that will address issues of fairness and equity. We will be announcing a number of compliance reviews to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities, including a college-prep curriculum, advanced courses, and STEM classes. We will review whether districts and schools are disciplining students without regard to skin color. African-American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely to be expelled as their white peers. African-American students with disabilities are over twice as likely to be expelled or suspended as their white counterparts. Those facts testify to racial gaps that are hard to explain away by reference to the usual suspects.
.....But the most scathing criticism came from Commissioner Todd Gaziano. He is very familiar with the Obama administrations penchant for unequal enforcement of civil rights laws, having battled Attorney General Eric Holders stonewalling of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case that the USCCR tried to conduct.
Gaziano wrote, As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Ricardo Soto explained in his statement to the Commission, the Departments regulations prohibit race-neutral policies, practices, or procedures that have a disparate impact on the basis of race, color or national origin. Although this phrasing has been part of the executive branchs lexicon for some time, it is still worth pausing a moment on the Orwellian doublespeak of anything having a disparate impact on [a] basis to show how hard the Department must strain to use some of the words of the statute in service of the opposite of what they provide. Because a disparate impact is usually understood as an unintended effect, and may include many unintended effects, this formulation awkwardly attempts to equate unintended impacts with the actual basis (or ground) for the action. Putting aside this nonsensical use of the English language, Sotos testimony accurately described the Departments disparate-impact theory .........
Maybe somebody needs to inform the “state” that an average, by definition, means there are some with more and some with less. Maybe government types should not be allowed to play with numbers they do not understand.