[EDEQUITY Disability]Gender was not included...

From: Ellen Rubin (erubin@aed.org)
Date: Mon Aug 19 2002 - 16:44:46 EDT

Hello All!
At a meeting held sometime ago, we were told that States were going to be
required to report the number of students of color placed in special
education. The numbers were to be compared with the numbers of people of
color within the community. If children were over represented an effort
was to be made to make the numbers reflect the overall population. When I
questioned whether or not this was going to happen in terms of gender --we
were told no. I felt like a broken record, but I kept asking with the same

response "No". This was part of the 1997 reauthorization of IDEA if I
remember correctly. Advocates fought very hard to include gender, but were

not successful.

Ellen Rubin
Coordinator, Disability Programs
Educational Equity Concepts,Inc.
New York, NY

Responding to Sue Sattel's questions on EdEquity Dialogue: Disability and
Ellen mentions the over-identification of boys in special education, or the
under-identification of girls. We've known about this for years and have
been discussing it for years. As an elementary principal Louise, do you do
anything in particular to not miss assisting and identifying girls for
special education services?
Does anyone else have anything to say about what they're doing to close the
identification gap or do you know anything others are doing to close the
gap since the early 90's or before when we first starting noticing this

Sue Sattel,
Equity Specialist,
Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning

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