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Special education policies reviewed

Contrary to belief, poor districts more likely to use program

By James Vaznis
Globe Staff / April 23, 2012
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Low-income school districts are most likely to place students in special education programs for mild and sometimes questionable disabilities, a practice that has swelled the state’s special education population to one of the highest levels in the nation, according to a state study commissioned by the state. The finding debunks a long-held belief that it is the well-heeled parents in wealthier districts that have been pushing up special education rates as they demand advantages for their children.

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