Officials warn of racially unbalanced special ed. numbers | Education
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials have warned 49 school districts that they have a disproportionate number of black students in special education programs.
Letters are sent annually in an effort to make sure school districts are not putting students without recognized disabilities in special education classes.
The Sacramento Bee says the letters sent in July told the districts their special education classes for emotionally disturbed children were racially disproportionate.
The districts must come up with intervention plans that will be monitored by the state.
The San Juan Unified School District serving Carmichael, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova and parts of Sacramento tops the list. About 11 of 1,000 students in the San Juan district, about 551 youngsters, were designated emotionally disturbed last year.
That's about 2½ times the state average.