Report on Special Education Placement Policies in State of Massechusetts

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A new report from the State of Massachusetts finds low-income districts most likely to place students in special education programs for mild and questionable disabilities, which has swelled the state's special-education population, reports The Boston Globe. The study raises questions as to whether low-income districts place students in special education because of legitimate disabilities, weak academic programs that cause students to fall behind, or because some teachers want unruly students out of their classrooms. The findings debunk a long-held belief that savvy, well-heeled parents in wealthier districts have been pushing up special education rates as they demand services for their children.