Education Department Must Enforce Protections for Students with Disabilities

Education News 05.22.19

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WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, released the following statement on the Department of Education’s recognition that the Equity in IDEA regulation is in effect. The regulation will calculate significant disproportionality in placement and evaluation of students of color in special education programs:

“Children of color, with and without disabilities, deserve our government’s robust and equitable enforcement of their civil rights protections. The Department of Education’s acknowledgement that the Equity in IDEA regulation is in effect is one step in the right direction to fulfilling that responsibility. Now the department must ensure compliance with the IDEA law and safeguard our most marginalized communities from discriminatory treatment.”

The Department of Education’s statement follows a letter from the civil rights community to Secretary DeVos calling for the full implementation of the Equity in IDEA regulation.

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