A Tale of Two Cities
Funny to read about a city like Lakewood, NJ, where accusations are roiling that Orthodox students get better services than non-Orthodox students:
The town could face more problems, in the long run, from the recent findings of the New Jersey department of education. The department began investigating after the local American Civil Liberties Union issued a report indicating that Orthodox children were given a disproportionate number of referrals to expensive, out-of-district special education schools. The Lakewood School District filed a response from a former state commissioner of education arguing that the higher number of referrals was a result of the higher number of requests from the Orthodox community.I find it funny because I live in a district where, in contrast, public school students receive services at a rate of three times of that of the district's mostly Orthodox private school students. Go figure.
After an investigation, the state department of education called the town's response "disingenuous." The state found that white students were six times as likely to be given a full-day special education program than a non-white student, and that among children with the same disabilities, white students were systematically given more extensive help by the district.
"Program and placement decisions can be directly correlated with a student's race," the report concluded.