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Resource ID: #12588
Subject: Education
Source: Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)



Virginia's special education placement patterns offer a skewed picture of who appears to measure up and who doesn't. The analysis found that black students were over-represented in about half of the state's 15 special education categories. Compared with white students, they were three times as likely to be classified as "educable mentally retarded." Predominantly white school districts placed blacks in special education at the highest rates.

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