An increasing number of American schoolchildren are receiving special education services and nearly all of them spend at least some of their day in class with their typically-developing peers.

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that over 6.3 million children ages 6 to 21 were served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 2018, the most recent year for which information is available. That accounts for 9.5% of all students, up from 8.5% in 2009.

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