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Local school district facing special education complaints

Recently, some parents have leveled allegations claiming that the special education efforts of a school district here in San Diego County are falling short.

The district in question is the San Dieguito Union High School District. Some parents recently held a rally in connection to complaints they have over special education services in the district. The group also submitted a petition to the district’s school board regarding its complaints.

Concerns regarding a child’s special education environment

What specific special education services they receive is not the only thing that can have big impacts on students with disabilities. Another is the environment in which they receive these services.

This environment can affect the level of inclusion or exclusion a student feels at their school. This can influence how likely they are to feel isolated or stigmatized or similar negative things at school that could hurt their overall education experience.

High schools and college readiness

One of the big hopes for many parents when it comes to their child’s high school education is that it will well-prepare their child for college and the future. How prepared for college a child actually is upon leaving high school can be influenced by many factors. One such factor is the quality of the high school they attend.

A recent evaluation looked at the quality of the nation’s public high schools based on certain factors, including college readiness. Tens of thousands of U.S. high schools were reviewed in this evaluation, which was done by U.S. News & World Report. Of these schools, the evaluation gave 500 a “Gold” ranking, a little over 2,100 a “Silver” ranking and nearly 3,500 a “Bronze” ranking. Gold schools ranked the highest for college readiness.

Report: Suspension rates higher among special needs students

In disciplinary matters involving special needs students, schools could end up taking some very serious and impactful actions. This includes deciding to pursue a suspension against the student in question.

School suspensions can have major impacts on the life and educational well-being of students with disabilities. In some situations, such suspensions might even amount to being functionally equivalent to an expulsion.

The unique needs of students with learning disabilities

One thing that can have major impacts on a student with a learning disability is whether they get the support necessary to meet their education needs.

Now, at the elementary and secondary school levels, there are laws here in the U.S. which give students with disabilities special protections when it comes to their education.

Fairness concerns remain regarding suspensions at California schools

In recent years here in California, there have been many efforts by the state and individual school districts to try to lower the use of suspensions at schools and address fairness issues related to this type of disciplinary action. What has happened with suspension levels in the state in the wake of such efforts?

Well, recent statistics indicate that out-of-school suspensions have gone down significantly in the state in recent years. According to the statistics, between 2012 and 2015, the annual number of such suspensions at California public schools dropped from 539,134 to 334,649.

California bill proposes tax incentives to fight teacher shortage

As we discussed in a past post, many places in California have been experiencing a teacher shortage in recent times. In that post, we noted that one area that the shortage could be hitting particularly hard is special education, as special education teacher shortages are a particularly common shortage reported by school districts in the state.

Recently, a bill was proposed in California aimed at combating the state’s teacher shortage. Some have raised questions as to how effective the bill would be at addressing California's specific shortage issues.

Special education and budget cuts

Sometimes, school districts end up having to make budget cuts. There are a variety of concerns parents can have in connection to such cuts. Some special concerns can be present for parents of special needs students. Among these are concerns about whether the budget cuts will get in the way of their child getting the special education support and services they need.

Budget cut issues have recently arisen in the San Diego Unified School District. There are plans to make a $125 million cut in the district’s budget.

Special education funding bill brought in California

Various types of laws can have very big impacts on special education and special needs students. Among these are state laws regarding special education funding. What a state does when it comes to such funding can have impacts on things like the types and quality of special education programs and services that are available for kids with disabilities in the state.

A recent bill proposed here in California regards special education funding.

Report card gives California schools a C-minus

What quality of education special needs students here in California receive can be affected by many things. This includes how the state’s schools act when it comes to special education programs and matters specific to special needs students, such as matters related to IEPs. Students with disabilities could be greatly disadvantaged when schools fail to act appropriately on this front.

So, how parents of special needs students respond when they feel their child’s school has failed to act the way it should have regarding special education matters related to their child can be quite important. Experienced education lawyers can assist such parents with responding to this type of situation.

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