New Brief from 2016 Colloquium on Race & Class in Special Education Policy

After an interdisciplinary and interactive colloquium earlier this year, Roosevelt House Visiting Research Scholar Wendy Cavendish (University of Miami) and colleague Roosevelt House Faculty Associate Jennifer F. Samson released the colloquium summary recommendations. Below is a description of the brief. Download a copy here: 2016.9.26.RaceClassCollRecs.pdf

On May 17, 2016 the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College-CUNY hosted a colloquium titled “Intersections of Race and Class in Special Education Policy.” This policy brief is a collection of summary statements and recommendations from participating panelists. The focus of the interactive sessions was to facilitate collaborative problem solving across federal, state, and local education policy stakeholders. It was conducted in four panels with discussion on the following issues: (a) federal policy and monitoring of disproportionality in special education; (b) state and city level reporting and approaches to inequity; (c) legal, ethical, and moral issues at the intersection of race and ability; and (d) parent advocacy.

In addition to participants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, Boston College, Rutgers University, Arizona State University, NYC’s Mayor’s Office, NYU’s Metropolitan Center, and EDC’s Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative, the program included University of Miami faculty and graduate students: Dr. Beth Harry, Lydia Ocasio, Chelsea Morris, Kristin Watson, and Patrice Fenton from the Department of Teaching & Learning and Osamudia James from the University of Miami Law School.


Links to video of the sessions here.