LOS ANGELES (Nov. 15, 2016) – In hopes of better supporting children with special needs and their families, the Los Angeles Board of Education today approved a resolution recognizing Dec. 2, 2016 as National Special Education Day.
“L.A. Unified is committed to providing students with disabilities access to a high quality education,” said School Board Member Mónica Ratliff, who introduced the resolution. “L.A. Unified board members and the superintendent are committed to collaborating with families and staff to achieve shared special education goals.”
She added, “During my time on the board, I have worked closely with parents and staff at Lowman and other schools to ensure that children receive the necessary services to succeed in the classroom and beyond. I'm proud to sponsor this resolution recognizing December 2 as Special Education Day.”
Another co-sponsor, School Board Member Scott M. Schmereleson added, “We’re finally recognizng the attention that special education needs. It’s important that we understand and the public and our schools understand our special education students. They’re all our kids.”
School Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic said, “I stand with my colleagues, as we recognize those with special needs, and our dedicated employees and community members for their tireless work in this critical field."
L.A. Unified provides services to more than 83,000 students with special needs. This includes youngsters who are blind, deaf or born with autism, as well as those who have emotional, psychological or other physical needs.
A major challenge remains how to pay for such services, as Washington covers only a fraction of the growing costs.
“The Division of Special Education is delighted with the support and acknowledgement our students with disabilities receive from the Board of Education,” said Beth Kauffman, the associate superintendent for the Division of Special Education. “Our focus in meeting the needs of all students and assuring their right to a free and appropriate public education is the goal of our daily work.” ###
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