Overview of Special Education in California

California’s nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisory group, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), recently released an overview of special education in California.

Among other things, the LAO’s report finds that California schools are funding a growing share of special education costs — 39% in 2010-11 compared to 32% in 2004-5. They also state that, “California’s annual federal performance review for special education has set a goal of increasing [inclusion] rates even further — to at least three-quarters of [students with disabilities] SWDs being in the regular classroom for 80% of the day.” (Report, pg. 12).

These findings underscore the importance of California’s school-based Medi-Cal LEA Billing Option program, which brings in federal dollars to support health services through reimbursements for eligible direct medical services provided to special education students.

Read the LAO Report, ‘Overview of Special Education in California’…