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California school district gets proactive about special education

A mentor in a new California special education program says that working closely with special education students is “an honor and a privilege like no other.”

We second that viewpoint at our Santa Cruz special education law firm. Attorney Steven A. Greenburg has spent decades of his life and working career advocating diligently for students with learning disabilities, both as a teacher and clinical director and as legal counsel promoting their interests and those of their families.

Thus, Amy Daddario’s comment resonates with us in a special way.

Daddario is excited about the role she will assume in the wake of one school district’s recently launched special ed initiative. Educational leaders of the San Jose Unified School District are taking proactive measures to increase the number of trained individuals working with special education students. Their “Rise into Special Education” program is a direct response to a shortage of qualified teachers.

One program principal underscores that the Rise program is a “pipeline from our employees.” What distinguishes the initiative is its home-grown nature; non-credentialed employees who support special ed teachers in classrooms will now be given the opportunity to go to school to obtain teaching licenses.

For free. The district has established a grant that will pay all the expenses linked with a student obtaining special education credentials at San Jose State University. The estimated cost for any given student is about $20,000.

District officials conclude in a cost-benefit analysis that there are only upsides spelled by the opportunity.

Daddario couldn’t agree more.

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