School District With Racial Bias Issues Challenges The Education Plan For An Autistic Black Student

By Nigel Roberts

Frustrated mixed race student working in classroom

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A Virginia school district is suing to reverse the education plan for one of its severely autistic African-American students.

The Henrico County School Board filed a suit in February to appeal the December decision of a special hearing officer, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. That hearing concluded that the school system failed to provide Gregory Matthews with a free, appropriate education, and that Henrico must contribute financially for him to attend a private school that can provide the quality education he needs.

But the county contends that it has made progress educating 15-year-old Matthews, who is nonverbal.

Henrico School Board takes #autistic boy’s family to federal court – :

— Asperger Blog (@AspergersBlog) March 14, 2018

Henrico is one of four state school districts that the Virginia Department of Education flagged for disproportionately punishing Black students with learning disabilities, compared to what it provides White and Hispanic students with similar challenges. School officials in the districts suspend their …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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