Reports Highlight Importance of Special Ed Reform
New research from Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) has sounded the alarm on special education services in California, calling the shortage of qualified special ed teachers “acute” and recommendending changes for special ed youth.
“While California has a historically low unemployment rate of 4%, individuals with disabilities continue to lag behind individuals without disabilities with an unemployment rate of 13%," the researchers wrote. “The high unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is compounded by their lack of workforce preparation in school.”
Jeannie Myung, director of policy research at PACE, and Heather Hough, PACE’s executive director, said the challenges facing special needs students should be a top priority. PACE has urged schools to adopt special ed training for all teachers and give greater attention to transitions — for instance, special needs students entering kindergarten or leaving high school for higher education or the workforce.