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 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.
During this public health crisis, schools need freedom to provide best education possible for all students, Special Education expert says.
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.
Teachers heard students were missing school and wanted to let students know they were being missed, too.
Some have already launched online learning, while others are still in the planning phase.
Schools and teachers must focus on creative, workable solutions to provide their students with education during school closures.
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.
Better training for teachers and improved screening of children are among the report’s recommendations.
The number of new special education teachers working without a full credential hit 5,196 in 2017-18 — the highest number in a decade.