Special education costs are increasing across the state. State funds for special education are inequitably distributed, so sometimes the districts with the highest needs are getting less money per student than districts with lower needs.
The stark differences in facilities proposed for Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach felt like blatant discrimination to some parents of students in an adult transition program on campus. Many of them say the problems extend beyond just buildings.
On this week’s podcast, Shana Cohen, assistant professor in the department of education studies at UC San Diego, joins co-hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn to talk about how children from different backgrounds sometimes receive varied levels of services for developmental disabilities.
The common gripe is that charter schools work the system to exclude special ed students. The real story isn’t quite so convenient.
After a sobering report came out in 2007 showing racial disproportionalities in special education, San Diego Unified has made strides to fix the problem. But a closer look at the numbers — as well as student outcomes — shows there’s still a some work to be done.
The state is rolling out its new plan for divvying up education funds. The gist: The state will give districts more money to pay for needier students who cost more to educate.
In 2004, San Diego Unified charged charter schools $440 a
student. Today, it’s $888 a student. We explain the impacts with
the help of some pizza.
What you’re saying about the differences between special
education in charter schools and in San Diego Unified School
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Ever-increasing fees and the desire for full autonomy are
driving charters to desert San Diego Unified School District’s
special education program.