In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the educational and civil rights of people with autism and other disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). This data, which is self-reported by 17,300 public school districts and 96,400 public schools and educational programs, is collected and published biennially by OCR.
Since 1968, the federal government has collected civil rights data about schools. For the first time, the 2015-16 CRDC report includes comprehensive data regarding incidents of criminal offenses in our nation's public schools. It also includes several new categories of data on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course taking.
The Department used CRDC data to produce topic-specific data briefs on two major topics: STEM Course Taking and School Climate and Safety.
The full CRDC data set is available at: https://www2.ed.gov/ocr/docs/crdc-2015-16.htmlStudents with disabilities made up 12 percent of student enrollment. The School Climate and Saftey brief reports they accounted for
- 28 percent of students referred to law enforcement or arrested,
- 71 percent of all students restrained and 66 percent of all students secluded,
- 26 percent of students who received an out-of-school suspension,
- 24 percent of students who received an expulsion.