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.
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.
Lawsuit: Black students and English learners in Pittsburg Unified are disproportionately shunted into special education and subject to harsh discipline.
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.
California will get over $1 billion in state and federal funding for students with disabilities, many of whom struggled in distance learning.
The forecast is mixed for special education students. Many will be behind academically, but some thrived with distance learning.
Students who won’t wear masks or socially distance create for a “nerve-wracking” work environment.
Under the new standards, special education teachers will be able to co-teach in “mainstream” classrooms.
As a candidate, Biden promised full funding of programs that benefit students with disabilities.
Schools can save money by combining services and blending funding, a new special education report says.