Disability rights groups, school administrators spar over possible changes to special education laws

“Times of crisis are not the time to roll back civil rights. It’s actually time to roll up our sleeves and do it right,” said Wendy Tucker, senior policy director of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, a national advocacy group based in New York. “When you roll back civil rights protections, it’s very hard to bring them back.” Tucker’s group is among the dozens that…

Telehealth & LEA School-Based Services, An Open Letter

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) need immediate telehealth policy accommodations to continue providing and receiving funding for certain health services provided to children with disabilities. Paradigm has researched the current rules and policies as well as the current flexibilities being put in place as a response to coronavirus campus closures. Paradigm's…

California Schools Chief Recommends Schools to Prepare for Distance Learning

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 California’s schools chief, Tony Thurmond, released a letter he wrote to the 58 county superintendents of schools. The letter stated that it is likely students will not be returning to school before the end of the school year due to the current safety concerns and ongoing need for social distancing.  Furthermore, the letter suggested that despite school campuses’ being…

A Message to Our Clients, COVID-19 Response

The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving daily. Paradigm is closely monitoring direction and advice from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and listening to our clients and staff to guide our actions. We have taken many steps to safeguard our operations so that the health of our clients’ programs is assured. All of our systems are ready, and we can assure confidentiality…

CA School Health Conference & Advocacy Day May 14-15

The California School-Based Health Alliance is hosting their annual statewide school health conference and advocacy day in Sacramento on May 14-15. If you are interested in joining hundreds of educators, health care providers, and youth leaders, click here to learn more: CHSA Conference

Healthy Schools Campaign Hosts Free Webinar on School Medicaid Opportunities

Date: September 24, 2019 Time: 1PM - 2PM, CDT About the Webinar This introductory webinar will explore the following questions: - What is Medicaid and what does it cover—in and out of school? - How can school districts leverage Medicaid to enhance school health services? - What is the free care policy reversal and how are states leveraging this opportunity to expand their school-based…

New Push in California for Later Middle, High School Start Times—EdSource

The author of a previously vetoed bill last year proposing starting middle and high school later to give teens more time to sleep is working to bring it back again this year. It is slated to be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, April 14, 2019. If passed, it would go into effect in July 2022, for the 2022/23 school year. Though research is mixed on whether or not later…

Pending CMS Guidance on Medicaid Block Grants: Executive Overreach Strikes Again—Center for Children and Families

It has been reported that CMS is developing guidance to encourage states to pursue a new “block grant” or “per capita” cap on federal Medicaid funding through Section 1115 waiver requests. And sure enough, this “Dear State Medicaid Director” letter has appeared on the Office of Management and Budget’s website signaling that it is under review by the White House. For a President and his…