Category Archives for "Issues"

Thrice Betrayed – Special Needs Kids and Education

Less than 15 percent of our special needs kids are performing at or above grade level in English Language Arts and Math in the San Mateo Foster City School District… Achievement target (Standard Met): 13.9% for ELA; 12% for Math SMFC: 11.3% ELA; 10.52% Math – Page 10 – Special Education Performance Presentation – 17 May 2018 […]

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Deep Inclusion, Education, and Real Community

Sometimes our caveman-tribal brain wins. The thin layer of civilization that we all cling to disappears and our baser instincts prevail. It happened at our last school board meeting. It didn’t have anything (directly) to do with special needs kids. And I was part of it. It started innocently enough. Our board was providing its […]

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MORGAN HILL CONCERNED PARENTS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiffs, v. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Defendant (2012)… Resolution Pending.

In 2012, MORGAN HILL CONCERNED PARENTS ASSOCIATION filed an action to enjoin the California Department of Education (CDE) from violating the rights of children with disabilities to receive a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE). Plaintiffs, associations of concerned parents of California children with disabilities, and sought to redress Defendant’s violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 […]

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Special Needs Education should be as challenging as General Education says US Supreme Court

Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals should be ambitious and challenging On February 12, 2018, the United States District Court affirmed the U.S. Supreme Court’s findings in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, which set forth the requirement of a ‘new standard’ for determining progress on a child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals, such that the […]

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Invisible and Dismal – our local special needs kids school performance

Dismal performance for our special needs kids in the San Mateo Foster City School district…https://www.caschooldashboard.org/… This is over 1000 kids. And it doesn’t even get included in the presentation to our school board as a topic of interest during the district performance presentation tonight (download link). http://agendaonline.net/…/Attachmen…/DisplayAttachment.aspx…” “The intent of the California School Dashboard is […]

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Florida political dispute to help fund dyslexia?

The dispute is mostly of interest if you are into Florida politics, but the passionate support for children who suffer from dyslexia will likely resonate with anyone who cares about special needs kids (highlights in the letter are mine): An Open letter to Senator Jack Latvala From Marion P. Hammer January 3, 2018 Delivered via […]

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