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As school starts, California districts try to improve virtual special education

Parents, however, are skeptical that distance learning will ever work for children with disabilities


August 19, 2020

Special education has been a challenge for most districts, as certain services, such as occupational therapy, cannot be provided online.

As schools in California begin re-opening virtually, state education officials have taken steps to improve distance learning for a group of students who were largely left behind in the spring: Those in special education.

But some parents wonder if distance learning will ever work well for students with disabilities.

The most significant new law, passed in June as part of the state budget, requires districts to craft distance learning plans for all students in special education, tailored to each student's unique needs. The plans will apply to any emergency that forces a school to close for 10 days or more, including wildfires, earthquakes and pandemics.


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