SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - South Bend schools have been cited by the state for shifting a disproportionate number of black students into special education classes, a decades-old nationwide problem that critics say may reflect unspoken racial bias.
The state Department of Education cited the northern Indiana district for over-identifying black students with cognitive and emotional disabilities. The state's special education chief says the district also wasn't following legally required procedures.
District special education director Donna Krol tells the South Bend Tribune the citation doesn't mean the district broke the law, but it has a problem that needs to be addressed.
The sanction means the district could lose $90,000 of its $6.1 million federal special education grant.
Civil rights activist Daniel Losen says schools have overestimated blacks who need special education since desegregation began.
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