Extension of Public Comment Period; Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality Under Section 618(d) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
On June 19, 2014, we published in the Federal Register (79 FR 35154) a request for information (RFI) seeking comment on actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities. The RFI established a July 21, 2014, deadline for the submission of written comments. We are extending the comment period to July 28, 2014.
Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery.
For anyone involved in this particular issue of our current system of education, it is clear that research has shown African American males are disproportionately overrepresented in special education and disabled populations.
One wonders if this would be the case should the focus of the system of education be changed so that it concentrates on the gifts and talents of all children.
To discount the fact that these children, whether or not they fit into the standardized, norm referenced educational world that exists today, have something to give, and to ignore their individual abilities and intelligences is to continue to facilitate the failure of our nation’s youth.
As a concerned educational community, it is inherent upon us to not only comment on this significant disproportionality but to work together to change the language of Federal Entitlements so that they reflect and support the positive nature and aspects of all of our children.
It is through our voice that change will occur. Taking the time to comment is a valuable action that allows our elected officials the opportunity to choose between quiet corporate control or the collective public vote that could mean the loss of their position.
Our children must know and understand that we are willing to fight for their future. We are their role models. We must show them that it is worthwhile being an adult before we can convince them it is worthwhile growing up.
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