Independent study does not always provide services to students with special needs who can't attend in-person classes, families say.
Funding should be based on students' needs, not attendance, to help achieve more equitable academic outcomes, researchers say.
A new initiative is meant to help parents and schools settle Covid-related disputes over services for students before heading to court.
The budget would provide billions for K-12 schools and early education after paying off most of the short-term debt owed from this year’s budget.
Parents are skeptical that distance learning will ever work for children with disabilities.
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.
At some schools, online parent meetings have been nearly impossible.
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.
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.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may recommend special education changes to Congress.
Tips, advice, and encouragement were offered at the state's first webinar on special education during school closures.
Some have already launched online learning, while others are still in the planning phase.