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Rochester, NY: RCSD fails SPED students

June 7, 2017, Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle: Scathing report finds RCSD takes a 'wait-to-fail' approach to special needs students http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/06/07/report-rcsd-perfectly-aligned-special-ed-failure/372669001/ Five years after the start of a five-year special education redesign, the Rochester City School District continues to fail its thousands of students with disabilities even as the rate at which they're classified as disabled accelerates, according to a scathing new report. … Among her most striking findings: Referrals to special education programs have increased 93 percent in three years, with some classifications — "other health impairment" in particular — being stretched well beyond their intended scope. Black students are most likely to be referred and classified as disabled, and to be suspended. White students are more often classified with autism, while black students are more often categorized as "other health impaired" or emotionally disturbed. …