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Spring: Too many black kids getting mental health label

Superintendent cites ‘significant disproportionality’

Schenectady Superintendent of Schools Laurence Spring in his office last month.
Schenectady Superintendent of Schools Laurence Spring in his office last month.
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Too many black males are being removed from Schenectady classrooms on an incorrect mental-health diagnosis, Superintendent Laurence Spring said. He said boys who have experienced violence or abuse — either by watching it or being hurt themselves — are being wrongly labeled as “emotionally disturbed” when they misbehave. He thinks those students need counseling, or perhaps intervention at home, rather than special education classes. “We’ve got a significant disproportionality that concerns me,” he said. White ...

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