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The Equity in IDEA regulations:

  • Require states, for the first time, to use a standard approach to comparing racial and ethnic groups
  • Require districts to identify and address the root causes of the disproportionality
  • Allow districts to use funding—which had been reserved for at-risk general education students—to address significant disproportionalities among special education students

The regulations are a step toward more uniform data collection and identification of districts that might be unfairly disciplining certain groups of students. The funding provision is also key. It gives districts greater flexibility to address the problem, as they may now use some of their 15% set-aside of IDEA, Part B funds—which had previously been reserved for comprehensive coordinated early intervening services (CEIS) for at-risk general education students—to fund services and supports for students with IEPs.