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.
California Legislature should support governor's proposal to require early testing for learning differences, an assessment most other states already use.
The needs of students with disabilities were not specifically considered in California's massive $4.1 billion allocation for a grant program to support the planning and implementation of community schools. These needs must not be ignored.
See what education leaders are saying about the governor’s plan to fund education in the coming year.
Joshua Brown, 19, is one of only a handful of people in the nation known to have autism who hold public office.
Funding for Proposition 98 in 2023-24 would be $1.5 billion less than appropriated last year; districts and charter schools would get an 8.1% inflation adjustment – their top priority.
Staff at Marchus School are also required to undergo training on positive discipline.
Building trust requires more than just a prompt response to calls and emails. But that simple act is a powerful signal to recipients that their concerns have been heard and someone cares about them.
For the first time, students with significant cognitive disabilities would be able to earn a high school diploma — a gateway to better jobs.
Autism makes college harder. But perseverance and support services are helping this student make his way through.
With more students qualifying for special education, understanding the options is crucial for parents as they advocate for their children.
California schools isolate disabled kids from others far too much even though studies show all kids benefit from being together. Let's stop doing that.
Nearly $30 million is already allocated or proposed for dyslexia research and screening for young California students in an effort advocates say is long overdue.
We need a superintendent who will treat students, families and communities as partners and not ignore or dismiss us.
Some California students with disabilities had been shut out of school this year because independent study wasn't in their learning plans.
Independent study does not always provide services to students with special needs who can't attend in-person classes, families say.