03 Jul Devos Presses Pause on Special Education Rule, Highlighting Ongoing Discrimination Debate

July 3, 2018

By: Matt Barnum

Source: Chalkbeat

The U.S. Department of Education has halted an Obama-era rule designed to stop students of color from being over-identified as having a disability — and waded into a complicated research dispute in the process.

The move, made late last week by Secretary Betsy DeVos, was widely expected and months in the making, but still drew the ire of advocates for students with disabilities. It puts a two-year pause on the rule, which was issued in late 2016 and was set to go into effect this coming school year.

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