Special education — which serves students with a wide range of issues, from learning disabilities to autism to hyperactivity disorder to blindness — is driving some San Diego-area districts to spend beyond their means.The number of students needing special education services and the costs of those services have climbed faster than the federal or state money that pays for them, county district data show. Though the services are guaranteed by law, neither the federal government nor the state of California provide enough to pay for them. That squeezes already tight school budgets, so administrators have to make do with fewer dollars for other student programs. “It’s got to come out of somewhere else,” said Paul Warren, an education research associate with the Public Policy Institute of California. “What they’re saying is, ‘We don’t have enough money to pay for everything.’” Yet what is provided sometimes isn’t … [Read more...] about County school districts struggle with the rising costs of special education
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By Megan Valley, Quad City Times DES MOINES — Iowa is one of only a handful of states that allow for the use of seclusion in school when no one’s physical safety is threatened. The state Board of Education has proposed rules that would change that, and on Tuesday held a public hearing on those changes. The changes to Chapter 103 of the Iowa Administrative Code aim to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint in schools except in an emergency situation, increase parent involvement, and provide clear guidelines and definitions for schools. The public input period began in January and came to a close with the public hearing Tuesday. A 2016 Gazette investigation of seclusion incidents in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids school districts showed these rooms usually were used as intended — to keep agitated students from harming themselves or others. But The Gazette found reported incidents in which kids were put into the rooms for nonviolent acts, such as refusing to trace … [Read more...] about Public comment: Changes to Iowa school restraint laws would be ‘overly burdensome on educators’
Siobhan McAndrew Reno Gazette Journal Published 8:00 AM EST Feb 27, 2019 Third-grader Evan Lewis has had six digital days this school year. Digital days, touted by Washoe County School District as a solution to snow days, require students to do classwork at home. Unlike snow days that have to be made up at the end of the year, digital days count as a full day of school. The Nevada Department of Education has said the plan violates state law, but it also might violate federal law, according to experts. Evan, who has Down syndrome, loves school. He has a full-time aide at Incline Elementary School and receives daily special education services plus speech and occupational therapy at school a few times a week. But when there's a digital day, Evan receives the same assignments as everyone else. They are not targeted to his Individual Education Program, a legally binding document that describes services provided to a … [Read more...] about Special education attorney: WCSD’s digital days violate federal laws
No, Gov. Ron DeSantis did not abolish the Common Core in Florida. But he did start the wheels in motion for a review. He also unveiled his education budget proposal (which also needs legislative approval), along with his recommendations for career and technical education at high schools and colleges. And that was just the tip of the iceberg for Florida education news this past week. Read on for more. • Don’t miss our weekly highlights of the news, views, reports and more. You can keep up daily with our conversation on Facebook, hear our podcast, and follow our blog to get all the latest Florida education news. All tips, comments and ideas welcome. Know anyone who’d like to get this weekly roundup or other email updates? Have them send a note to [email protected]. Top of the TimesDeSantis takes aim at Common Core in executive order, Emily Mahoney“Florida must do away with ‘the vestiges of Common Core,’ Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday, referring … [Read more...] about ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Jan. 28, 2019
In March, Amiyah Berrios, then a first-grade student at Duquesne Elementary School, raises her hand during math class. Part of the PublicSource series Failing the Future Does every student in Pennsylvania have the right to the same quality of education regardless of the wealth of their family and community? That question is at the heart of the debate expected to take place in Commonwealth Court in the coming year as a result of a lawsuit whose plaintiffs seek to get the state Legislature to fund education more equitably. Officials from the Education Law Center and Public Interest Law Center, who represent the districts and parents who brought the current lawsuit, estimate it would cost $3 billion to $4 billion more than what is currently appropriated for all districts to meet the academic standards set by the state and to ensure that each student is career or college ready. While the courtroom debate is a new development, the issue of disparity is as old as the state’s … [Read more...] about Has there been a return to ‘pauper schools’ in Pennsylvania? A brief history of public education in the state.