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theschoolboards
09-23-2010, 12:28 PM
An excerpt from the SFGate article (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/23/BANP1FHSMI.DTL) by Jill Tucker:
The $122 million San Francisco schools spend on its 6,300 special education students fails to consistently address the needs of those children, too often needlessly segregating them in special classrooms and disproportionately diagnosing disabilities based on race, an independent audit found.

The auditors called the district's services outdated and counterproductive to the belief that all students can and should succeed in school and called for a massive rethinking of how disabled students are assigned to schools and how they are served when they get there.

Currently, many special education students are clustered in schools designated for specific disabilities, the auditors noted.

The district "must move to a philosophy that all students with disabilities should attend the school they would attend if not disabled," they said in their report released to the school board Tuesday night.

In other words, special education should be in regular classrooms with all other students, reading, writing and doing the same arithmetic, with some extra help.

That would require that general education teachers be trained to address the special needs of those students, albeit with help from special education teachers, the auditors said.

read more>> (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/23/BANP1FHSMI.DTL)
For the full 68 page audit report, click here (http://rpnorton.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/sfusd-final-9_17.pdf).