When students have limitations that prevent them from learning in traditional formats, they may be eligible for certain types of support from their schools. Special education programs are designed to provide services to students who need accommodations, services and assistance to succeed in school. Recent statistics indicate that fewer students are receiving special education services, and the reasons for this reduction are not immediately clear.
Students in need
Some people suspect that this drop is not due to a reduction in need, but rather, it could be due to reduced access to services. Researchers found that between 2019 and 2020, the number of students who were receiving services and early intervention dropped significantly. This same report found that Black, Hispanic and Asian students were less likely to receive needed special education services than white students.
Early intervention is critical to the success of special education services. Providing appropriate special education supports and services as early as possible gives that student a higher chance of educational success. Experts suggest more funding and awareness at different levels of government and education could help with the problem.
Fight for the needs of special education students
California special education students may face various challenges at school and in the classroom. If a student is not receiving the help they need, a parent may take action on their behalf. An assessment of the specific situation can reveal what legal steps may be necessary to fight for and secure critical special education services.