Tag Archives: special education

Board of Education members speak to special education parents about the district’s five core beliefs, which
include community engagement, at the special education Community Advisory Committee meeting. (Left
to right) Roseann Torres, Jumoke Hinton Hodge, James Harris, and Shanthi Gonzales. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Special Ed Parents Say Oakland School District Breaking Federal Law School administrators walk out of community meeting

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) administrators walked out of the most recent meeting of the district’s official special education Community Advisory Committee (CAC) after parents voted unanimously to criticize the district for moving ahead to [...]
From left to right: Mike Hutchinson, Roseann Torres, Chris Jackson.

Oakland School Board Members, Candidates Weigh In on Special Education Changes

When the Oakland Unified School District is making big decisions that affect the lives of students and families and the future of schools – such as the reorganization of special education that is now underway [...]
Special education parents Inga Wagar, Kristen Zimmerman and Silvia Matta at the April 13 Board of Education meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Special Ed Classes Being Disrupted with No Clear Notification of What Comes Next, Say School District Parents and Teachers

Parents and teachers are raising concerns that they are being kept in the dark until the last minute about what they consider to be a disruptive overhaul of the Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) special [...]
Oakland Charter Academy

Charter School Teachers Fired Two teachers fired for Blowing Whistle on Lack of Special Education, English Learner Instruction

Two whistleblowing teachers at the Oakland Charter Academy, part of the Amethod Public Schools network, are alleging that they were fired without notice on the last day before Christmas vacation after they complained that the [...]
Patrick Walsh

Op-Ed: Charter Schools Association Responds to School District Errors

By Patrick Walsh     Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) recently published its annual “Enrollment Options Guide,” which was intended to be a resource for local families. However, the publication contained numerous errors and excluded [...]
Special education classroom. Photo courtesy of www.thestoryofus.info.

Complaint Filed Against Oakland Unified for “System-wide Violations of Rights of Children with Disabilities”

Disability Rights of California has filed a complaint against the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) on behalf of the district’s special education students, alleging that “OUSD’s policies and practices result in system-wide violations of the [...]
Anthony Gaines

Special Ed Student Languishes After Berkeley High Takes Away Instructional Aide

Nineteen-year-old Berkeley High student Anthony Gaines sits inside a room beyond our understanding within his own mind and wonders why one of his best friends, his mentor, and his constant daytime companion of three years [...]

SFSU Joins Effort to Improve Special Education

By Jonathan Morales SF State is joining a national effort to help students with disabilities succeed in the classroom by improving schools’ abilities to serve them. Associate Professor of Special Education Susan Courey and Assistant [...]