Calif. district aims to reduce racial disparities in special education

01/27/2013 | Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

Pittsburg Unified School District in California is considering a plan to offer extra counseling and academic support to students who are struggling academically. The proposal is part of a corrective action plan meant to address a disproportionate percentage of students who are black in special education, particularly in a program for students who have emotional challenges. State data show that half of the students enrolled in a special-education program for students with emotional problems are black, while students who are black make up only 24% of the district's overall enrollment.

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