State Official Says Many Students Are Improperly Placed In Special
February 11, 2004
MANNING, SOUTH CAROLINA--The director of South Carolina's Office of Exceptional Children said Tuesday that many students in some districts are not receiving the instruction they need because they are incorrectly placed in special education.
Susan Durant testified in a case filed against the state by eight rural school districts over a lack of funding. According to The State news service, Durant said that the schools might lack the training needed to know of different ways to deal with disadvantaged students that have trouble in class.
"Teachers often see those inabilities to speak, read, write or behave as potential indicators of disabilities as opposed to challenges for me, as the classroom teacher, or the schools," said Durant. "The analogy would be if you had pneumonia and we treated you for arthritis."
Durant also noted that minority students are over-represented in some areas of special education. The Office of Civil Rights is re-evaluating students to correct the process under which students are identified for special education.
"Expert says students wrongly placed in special classes" (The State)