Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Weast special ed policy favors white kids over black

The MCPS superintendent likes to brag about numbers, but there's one set of figures he's ignoring: the fact that disabled white students score five times higher than their minority counterparts do.

Lyda Astrove of MCneeds, a Montgomery County nonprofit that advocates for the disabled and their families, writes in the Washington Post, "Mr. Weast needs to explain why almost half of white students with disabilities pass the English 2 Maryland High School Assessment but only about 1 in 10 African American and Hispanic students with disabilities do so."