NYC Black, Hispanic Males More Likely to be Placed in Special Ed

NYC Black, Hispanic Males More Likely to be Placed in Special Ed

Published April 27, 2009

A recently released report revealed a troubling trend in New York City public schools: Black and Hispanic males are more likely to be placed in special education classes, reports The New York Daily News.

In the special education classes, the graduation rate is significantly reduced, according to the report released by the special education advocacy group, ARISE Coalition. Students have a less than 5 percent rate of graduating high school when placed in “self-contained” classrooms, where the entire class is comprised of special education students. 

Black and Hispanic youth make up 60 percent of self-contained classrooms and approximately half of classrooms where the students are mixed with other students. By comparison, students in those classrooms are more likely to drop out of school, than students in the mixed settings.

“Once a young person lands in those [self-contained] classes, the likelihood of their graduation is tremendously low,” an ARISE coordinator told the Daily News. “It’s a road to nowhere for many of those kids.”

Written by BET.com News Staff

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