One in 10 students receives special education services, which include using different approaches to learning, offering emotional support and providing medical assistance. Learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dyscalculia (difficulty learning math) represent the largest category of California students in special education – about 45 percent.
Schools and teachers must focus on creative, workable solutions to provide their students with education during school closures.
Some districts had cut back on services for disabled students out of fear of lawsuits over equity.
Senate bill could open the door for districts to waive federal special education law.
The loss of specialized services and daily routine poses challenges for California’s 800,000 students in special education.
Better training for teachers and improved screening of children are among the report’s recommendations.
The number of new special education teachers working without a full credential hit 5,196 in 2017-18 — the highest number in a decade.
A recession is still a ways off, says the Legislative Analyst's Office; mandated costs will eat into an estimated $3.4 billion increase.
A new Legislative Analyst’s Office report is intended to provide a “high level review” for the Legislature as it considers overdue reforms.
The new law requires doctors to screen children enrolled in Medi-Cal for developmental delays three times before they turn 3.
Promoting understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities can reduce microaggressions, overt discrimination and harmful conflicts.
Proposed changes to California's 2015 vaccination law now being considered in the Legislature would limit medical exemptions.
Governor goes beyond minimum required under Proposition 98 to absorb $3.1 billion in districts' pension payments and address teacher shortage.
Legislators and advocates for students with disabilities praise the big increase that Gov. Newsom proposes for special education but reject his idea for spending it.
The guardians of four special education students claim their children were illegally put in restraint holds and secluded.
The solution for schools isn't as simple as passing a new tax, researcher says.