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.
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.