School Segregation and Racial Gaps in Special Education Identification

  title={School Segregation and Racial Gaps in Special Education Identification},
  author={Todd E. Elder and David N. Figlio and Scott Andrew Imberman and Claudia L. Persico},
  journal={PSN: Education (Topic)},
We use linked birth and education records from Florida to investigate how the identification of childhood disabilities varies by race and school racial composition. Using a series of decompositions, we find that black and Hispanic students are identified with disabilities at lower rates than are observationally similar white students. Black students are over-identified in schools with relatively small shares of minorities and substantially under-identified in schools with large minority shares… Expand

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