Some California residents may not know that Gov. Gavin Newsom has dyslexia. As a result, he has a soft spot for special education, which could be one reason why the state’s new budget includes much-needed additional funding. This new special education law is designed to put school districts on a more even playing field when it comes to educating children with certain needs.
Under the old law, school districts received money for special education students based on the number of children in the district, not on the number of students needing these programs, which caused an inequity in funding. The new law will correct this problem without penalizing districts that were receiving more money. This could be good news for many parents throughout the state.
Money is also allocated to bring in and train more special education teachers. This would certainly relieve the current burdens on existing teachers, which could mean more personalized attention for more students. The data indicates that the number of students needing special education programs is on the rise, so this funding is a good start, but more needs to be done. Reports indicate that California intends to take a more holistic approach to special education in the coming years.
While all this may be good news, there are still challenges and obstacles to overcome. The state’s special education law often means well, but do not always work in practice. Some parents still need to fight for the rights of their children to receive a good education. When parents need guidance and assistance in helping achieve this goal, it would greatly benefit them to work with an attorney experienced and knowledgeable in this complex area of law.