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.
Heather Calomese talks to EdSource about distance learning, social justice and the future of special education.
Special education, homeless and foster students are priority groups that can return in separate cohorts with up to 14 children and two adults.
Parents are skeptical that distance learning will ever work for children with disabilities.
Forthcoming guidance permitting limited openings will apply to districts in counties on the coronavirus watch list, where schools are shut down.
The state plans to spend an additional $650 million on special education under new law.
Full funding, teacher recruitment and early childhood programs are included in a wide-ranging disability platform.
Districts are anticipating billions more in unfunded costs to reopen schools. They want some of the money they'll need to be distributed more evenly than Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes.
Small special day class in Marin County gets a jump start on return to school.
At some schools, online parent meetings have been nearly impossible.
The additional money would pay for extra staff to help students with disabilities catch up after schools reopen.
With no routine and limited access to services, students and their families are feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
School districts had asked for temporary waivers from special education law to avoid lawsuits from parents.
During this public health crisis, schools need freedom to provide best education possible for all students, Special Education expert says.
The California Department of Education has provided guidance for districts, schools, teachers and parents of students in special education.
Teachers can share ideas and resources for serving special education students online.