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Overview of Special Education in California

April 21, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

A few months back the Legislative Analyst’s Office wrote a 28 page primer entitled, “An overview of Special Education in California.”  While it is meant to be an introduction to Special Education in the State of California a large portion of the report parallel’s special education across the nation and is worth reading even if you are not living in California.  Especially since California has approximately 10% of the more than 6.6 million children currently receiving Special Education services across the United States.

About One in Ten California Students Receives Special Education Services. About 686,000 students with disabilities (SWDs) receive special education services in California, comprising about 10 percent of the state’s public school enrollment. Specific learning disabilities—including dyslexia—are the most common diagnoses requiring special education services (affecting about 4 percent of all K–12 students), followed by speech and language impairments. While the overall prevalence of students with autism and chronic health problems still is relatively rare (each affecting 1 percent or less of all public school students), the number of students diagnosed with these disabilities has increased notably over the past decade. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Trickle Down Economics of Never Fully Funding Special Education

January 6, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

The Government:  The foundation of today’s special education law was passed in 1975 and enacted in 1977.  This was Public Law 94-142, The Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (EHA).  This law eventually became the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) we know today.  While the Federal Government has required School’s to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to children with disabilities for over 35 years they have never provided schools the funding they need to accomplish this.  Congress had originally promised to fund 40 percent of the National Average per Pupil Expenditure for every child in special education.  In reality, Congress has never funded even close to 40% and has averaged in the 17% range.  Without this funding the Schools have limited resources available to them to educate all children. Read the rest of this entry →

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I say, no cuts for Special Education

March 15, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Some of the news today about the budget has me a bit irked.  It is my understanding that President Obama knows what it means to invest in our children so that we have a better tomorrow.  Though the increase is small ($14.8 billion for Title I grants to help districts cover the cost of educating disadvantaged students—a $300 million increase over fiscal 2010. And it is asking for $11.7 billion for special education, $200 million over 2010), it shows me that he is committed to providing a good education for the children of the United States.  And, as part of the proposal for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka the No Child Left Behind Act), the administration is asking for $300 million for a program called Title I rewards, to recognize schools that are making progress in boosting student achievement.  These initiatives show me that he believes we need to do more for those children that need more help when it comes to education. Read the rest of this entry →

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