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Sun Prairie schools to revamp special education screening

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SUN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Sun Prairie School District has reached an agreement with federal authorities to revamp its process for screening students for special education and to bolster teacher training.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the agreement Friday.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the agency found a disproportionate number of the district's black students were being placed in special education programs.  While black students made up 10 percent of the district's enrollment in the 2012-13 school year, they made up 24.2 percent of the students enrolled in special education.

The district voluntarily agreed to make changes, including hiring an outside expert to examine the district's placement procedures, developing a universal screening process to be used across the district, and reviewing student records to see if their placements in special education were appropriate.

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