[EDEQUITY] Girls and special education

From: Linda Purrington (lpurring@earthlink.net)
Date: Fri Dec 01 2000 - 14:31:01 EST

Thilda.Coyman mentioned overrepresentation of boys in special education. I
would like to know to what extent this represents underrepresentation of
girls in special education, rather than overtargeting of boys. From what we
see in the trenches, it is very difficult for parents of girls with
possible special education needs to get access to testing and services,
because their daughters are not especially disruptive. I think that
overrepresentation of boys in special education is, among other things,
preferred access to funding and services. (I agree that the targeting
mechanism functions in a racist manner, however, like other mechanisms in

Linda Purrington
Title IX Advocates

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