Special education enrollment numbers are down at San Diego Unified, but up across the state. VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan explains what’s behind the unusual dip in special ed enrollment. The number of students with disabilities enrolled in the district dropped by 11.27 percent between the 2011-2012 school year and the the 2014-15 school year. Srikrishnan found […]
Ten years ago, a Harvard researcher found minority students were far more likely to be labeled disabled in San Diego Unified than their peers. The district has been working to address the issue, but some parents and advocates say there’s plenty more to do.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7’s Monica Dean explain why funding for special education keeps running out.
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.