Issues of segregation and limited education opportunities face all students with disabilities in the 21st Century. Minority students face even greater issues. Minority students, especially African American male children, continue to be significantly overrepresented in those children labeled "developmentally disabled" and "emotionally disturbed." They are also far more likely to be educated in segregated special education settings. "To the extent that minority students are misclassified, segregated, or inadequately served, special education can contribute to a denial of equality of opportunity, with devastating results in communities throughout the nation."
Bridges4kids in Michigan offered the following reasons why many states and local districts are still out of compliance with the Least Restrictive Environment requirement under IDEA: