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Special Education Students Disciplined Twice As Often

The first time Spencer Klintworth was suspended from school, his mother was astonished: The kindergartner has brain damage and is in special education. Then it happened again. And again. By the end of the 2009-2010 school year, he’d been sent home by the Cypress-Fairbanks school district five times, Debbie Klintworth says.

Spencer’s experience isn’t unique. Special education students in Texas public schools are nearly twice as likely to be suspended as students in the general education population, according to a recent Texas Education Agency report to the Senate Committee on Education. The expulsion rate is also disproportionate: Though special education students make up just 10 percent of the enrollment in Texas public schools, they account for 21 percent of expulsions, according to the School-to-Prison Pipeline report published by Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit public interest law center.

via Special Education Students Disciplined Twice As Often — Texas Education Agency | The Texas Tribune.

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