The nation's special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) aims to ensure fairness in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities. Yet disparities persist. Students of color remain more likely to be identified as having a disability and face harsher discipline than their white classmates. The U.S. Department of Education took a critical step towards addressing these widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities by proposing a new Equity in IDEA Rule.
The Secretary proposes to amend regulations under Part B of IDEA governing the Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities program and the Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities program.
This NPRM has a comment period that ends in 75 days (05/16/2016).