Tag Archives: special education

Ninth Circuit upholds existing FAPE rules in A.W. v. Tehachapi Unified School District

1 July
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On June 25, 2020, in a special education case in which CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance filed an amicus brief, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the district in an unpublished opinion in A.W. v. Tehachapi Unified School District, upholding the district court’s decision on a couple of issues, including that the school district was not required to seek a due process hearing when it believed it was providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE). In 2015,...

COVID-19 webinar explores legal, policy and instructional aspects of special education

18 May
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Of all the challenges faced by local educational agencies during the COVID-19 crisis, questions around providing services and learning opportunities to students with disabilities have been at the top of the list. Absent waivers to requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, schools have undertaken extraordinary efforts to continue these services, all while searching out further guidance and clarity — both legal and instructional. The latest webinar in CSBA’s COVID-19 governance series, “Special Education in Extraordinary Times,” on May...

Court of Appeals affirms requirement to exhaust IDEA administrative remedies in A.L. v. Clovis Unified School District

15 April
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On March 18, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Clovis Unified School District in A.L. v. Clovis Unified School District, affirming the lower court’s dismissal of claims against the district. In the case, a student filed claims of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and denial of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), among other claims. As the case progressed, the student settled her Individuals with Disabilities Education Act claims before a...

CDE webinar shares insights, practices for special education during school closures

7 April
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Of the myriad important issues facing California’s local educational agencies in their abrupt switch to distance learning, questions around serving students with special needs have come to the forefront. As LEAs address a number of legal issues, both the state and federal education departments have said that they do not want regulations to stand in the way of good faith efforts to provide distance learning to students with disabilities. To offer a look at some of the practices and strategies...

Comprehensive special education report is a powerful resource for board members

25 July
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Special education plays a critical role as schools strive to increase equity and improve outcomes for California’s 6.2 million public school students. To help guide this work, CSBA recently released The Landscape of Special Education in California: A Primer for Board Members, available at www.csba.org/specialeducation. The report provides an extensive look at the state’s special education system, including its laws, structures and best practices. Q: California continues to struggle to meet the needs of many of its students with disabilities,...

How one district practices inclusive education

1 August
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By Adam Breen Inclusion is more than an educational buzzword at San Benito High School in Hollister, Calif., where students with special needs are not just included, but embraced and accepted by their general education peers. The school has no fewer than 10 programs that focus on preparing students in the Life Skills program “to be active and confident members of our community and of society,” according to Paulette Cobb, the district’s director of special education. Beyond the benefits that...

Supporting students with disabilities during Autism Awareness Month

4 April
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students with pencils
April is National Autism Awareness Month in the United States. The month is designated to not only help people understand the disorder, but also to encourage diagnosis and emphasize the importance of early detection. According to the California Autism Society, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is classified as a “pervasive developmental disorder,” meaning that the symptoms often affect every aspect of a child’s development: emotional, social, educational and physical. The prevalence of ASD is now one in every 68 children in...

New dyslexia guidelines available online

25 October
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dyslexia - student reading
The California Department of Education recently released the new “California Dyslexia Guidelines” online to help educators and parents recognize the signs of dyslexia and ensure that dyslexic students receive an equitable education. The new guidelines are a result of Assembly Bill 1369, a law which took effect Jan. 1, 2016. The bill required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop program guidelines for dyslexia that would be accessible to regular education teachers, special education teachers and parents by the...