What Are Special Education’s Remote Learning Challenges?

There’s already a reported achievement gap for K-12 students with disabilities, and the coronavirus pandemic may be widening it.

“For some, in particular younger students, students learning English, students with learning differences and disabilities, and those who were struggling before school facilities were closed, there may be a lifelong impact if they are not back in school sometime soon,” Austin Beutner, superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, recently remarked.

Under federal law, K-12 students with disabilities who qualify are required to receive a public education and related services equal to their peers for free. Seven million young people receive special instruction in public schools nationwide.

Some parents acknowledge remote learning has been tough.

“It just adds more to the picture,” said Sarah King, whose child has special needs. “Am I giving him the special education that he needs? Am I giving him the speech therapy that he needs? Or

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OC School Districts Shun Board Of Education’s No-Mask Suggestions

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — The worsening coronavirus pandemic has led more Southland school districts to start the 2020/21 school year online, it was announced this week.

On Monday, both Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District banded together in their announcement of online classes to start the coming school year. Meanwhile, Orange County’s Board of Education had different ideas, voting 4-1 to encourage the districts under their umbrella to send kids back to regular school without masks or distancing.

Though the board of education makes recommendations of their districts, it is the individual school districts that ultimately make their own decisions. On Tuesday, school districts across the county were back to the drawing board to handle the coming school year.

There is no word yet on how distance learning will affect southern California school districts with regard to sports, clubs and recreational activities. The CIF Southern

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