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Black, Latino special needs students less likely to graduate

Every child should be able to receive a quality education and every school should have the resources it needs to provide this to students. 

Unfortunately, the reality is there is favoritism, cutbacks and loopholes in the system that put certain children at risk of not getting the education and services they deserve. In fact, according to a recent study, biases in the system, black and Latino students with special needs are much less likely to graduate with a traditional high school diploma than white students are.

What the study found

According to research from The Hechinger Report, in the 2014-2015 school year, less than 65 percent of black and Latino students with special needs earned a traditional high school diploma. During that same time, 76 percent of white students with special needs earned a traditional diploma. In some areas, this gap is much wider.

The research shows that minority students are more likely to attend schools without adequate resources for special needs students due to underfunding. It also shows that black and Latino students were more likely to be placed on an alternative diploma track as opposed to a track to earn a traditional diploma.

What parents can do in the face of similar challenges

If you are the parent of a special needs child who is not receiving the support, resources and education he or she should be receiving, it is crucial to call attention to the issue with the school and fight for what your child deserves. This can involve meeting with teachers, challenging failures to comply with federal laws and generally advocating for your child

This can be more difficult than you may be prepared for, but you don't have to do it alone. You can consult an attorney who has the resources and knowledge to address educational issues that you may not. 

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