California Task Force Recommends Sweeping Changes To Special Education

Education Week (3/12, Samuels) reports “improving the academic outcomes for California students with disabilities will require an extensive revamp of the state’s education system, a task force said Wednesday.” Among the recommendation were “a revision of teacher preparation, support for early learning, and an overhaul of special education financing with an eye to more local control and accountability.” The report by California’s Statewide Task Force on Special Education “said that students with special education needs must be considered general education students first, existing in a ‘coherent system’ where all educators have a collective responsibility to meet their needs.”