South Bend district moves toward racial compliance

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — New data shows South Bend Community School Corp. no longer disproportionately labels black students with emotional and cognitive disabilities.

But the state has again cited the district for suspending and expelling black special education students at disproportionate rates compared with special education students of other races.

The school system was cited for noncompliance in all three categories for the 2011-2012 school year.

District director of special education Donna Krol says it has made adjustments to procedures for identifying students. She tells the South Bend Tribune ( ) that before black students are identified with either an emotional or cognitive disability, a second special education staff member is required to review each case.

South Bend NAACP education chair Oletha Jones tells she’s heartened by the progress the district is making. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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