Highlighting new and noteworthy data from kidsdata.org
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | Feb. 2,
2010 Special Education Data: Changes in Racial/Ethnic Trends, Continued Growth in Autism Enrollments
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A new report commissioned by the foundation documents areas in which California is lagging on providing high-quality services for children with special health care needs.
The foundation also has established the California Collaborative for Children with Special Health Care Needs to address these issues. Sign up to be part of this work.
We just updated the special education indicators available on kidsdata.org to include 2010 enrollment data for counties and school districts statewide. Updates include:
11% of California's Public School Students Are Enrolled in Special Education
Number of Children with Autism Enrolled in Special Education Tripled from 2002-2010
Latino Students in Special Education Increasing, African Americans Decreasing
- Mirroring broader trends in public school enrollments in California from 2002-2010, Hispanic/Latino students now account for about half of all special education students in California, and African American special education enrollments have decreased to about 10%. Although Asian American students represent less than 5% of all special education students, the number of Asian Americans enrolled in special education increased from 26,340 to 31,034 during this period.
Perspective on These Data
Recently Passed Legislation:
In the News
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place: County Office of Education to Save Special Education by Making Cuts to General Education
(Ventura County Reporter, 1/13/11, by Cohn)
- On Assignment: Mt. Diablo School District Braces for Governor’s Budget Release
(San Jose Mercury News, 1/9/11, by Harrington)
- Families Worried Mental Health Cuts Will Send Kids Spiraling
(Los Angeles Times, 12/28/10, by Kim)
- Schools Bear Special Education Growth, Costs
(Bakersfield Californian, 11/28/10, by Barrientos)
- Special Ed Students Could Bankrupt Districts
(ABC 7 News- San Francisco, 11/12/10, by Melendez)
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