Skip to Main Content
Printer Friendly

Racial Perspectives on Eligibility for Special Education

February 13, 2012

Author: Jonathan Feldman

FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR WHO ARE STRUGGLING, IS SPECIAL EDUCATION A POTENTIAL EVIL OR A POTENTIAL GOOD?

The thirty-fifth anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is largely cause for celebration. In November of 2010, the House of Representatives passed a resolution to recognize this anniversary, proclaiming that the law extends “the promise of full participation in society of children with  disabilities.” The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, declared,

for thirty-five years, IDEA has guaranteed students with disabilities their civil right to a free, appropriate public education . . . . The law was a major civil rights victory. We must never lose sight of the history here. In 1975, [when the legislation was enacted,] more than one million children with disabilities were being turned away from school altogether.

As a result of this legislation, such children are now guaranteed the right to education under federal law.

 

Read full article



Copyright © Empire Justice Center. All rights reserved. Articles may be reprinted only with permission of the authors.