First and foremost, our students with disabilities are general ed students…All of them.” – Anthony Aguilar, LAUSD Chief of Special Education The end of 2019 brought a conclusion to the Chanda Smith consent decree and its modification. For the first time in over a generation, the delivery of special education services within the LAUSD is […]
Was LAUSD’s plan to limit accessibility to Special Education Centers in the best interests of the students who needed those services?
I met Florencia, Jose’s mother, a few days earlier. Florencia and another mom had just left a meeting where they were told by district that CTC was being moved to accommodate WHFA. They were a combination of shock and sadness. They both did not want the school moved. The one mom whose daughter attends CTC said, “The Fairfax area is safe, I feel good having her here.” Florencia nodded in agreement. When I asked them if a move would be hard on their kids they said, “Yes.”
Nick Melvoin’s plans for an exclusive new middle school include displacing children with special education needs from Fairfax High School.
Confronted by evidence that the charter school industry is not fully serving children with special education needs, will the LAUSD act?
The Chanda Smith consent decree should have helped every LAUSD student with special education needs. Instead, it harmed the most vulnerable.
How can schools designed to serve children with specific needs be judged by the same criteria as those serving the general population?
With District leaders openly hostile towards the needs of students in special education classes, can the union extract essential changes?
On February 20, 2018, the LAUSD School Board agendized the proposed Holding GHCHS Accountable to Their Charter as part of their Committee of the Whole meeting. The following is the written statement that I provided to the Board: Honorable LAUSD Board Members: This is Chanda Smith. She was an LAUSD student with special education needs […]
Take the pledge to #resist and fight for public schools as a public good TODAY. DeVos had to have the assistance of Vice President Mike Pence’s unprecedented tie-breaking vote in order to win her confirmation. Two GOP Senators voted against, all Democratic Senators voted against. Yet all the other GOP Senators who received campaign donations […]