McEachin Creates Community-Based Special Needs Task Force

April 18, 2017
Press Release

RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced today the formation of a community-based task force to address unfair and unwarranted disparities in student treatment at public schools in his congressional district.

“I remain extremely concerned about the treatment of minority and special needs students throughout my district,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “I organized the ‘Special Needs Task Force’ because of my serious concern based on reports and complaints from parents and members of the community.”

Congressman McEachin’s Special Needs Task Force will explore the high rates of suspensions for minority students here in Virginia and especially in the 4th Congressional District; whether students with special needs are receiving all the services they are entitled to; and whether they are getting the high-quality opportunities they deserve in school.

“All children deserve the opportunity to succeed, whether they have special needs or not. Moreover, no student can learn and succeed when he or she is out on the street. That's just a recipe for trouble-making. My goal in forming this task force is to see what we can do to improve outcomes. That may mean proposing legislation at the federal level, or it may mean speaking with my colleagues at the state and local level to get the changes our students deserve or other solutions. My goal is to ensure every child has the best chance for success,” added Rep. McEachin.

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Contact: Jamitress Bowden
(202) 306-0546

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