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.
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.
Debate swirls over safety and liability as some high-needs students head back to the classroom.
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.