In addition, the report authors argued that this funding shift would increase schools’ ability to provide prevention and early intervention, rather than the current wait-to-fail model incentivized by the existing special education system. Schools would maintain their responsibility for meeting requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, thus preserving an important civil rights protection for students with disabilities, but funding would be more flexible such that school leaders could more strategically invest in Tier Two supports for students.
On the whole, the inclusion of special education in LCFF would place fewer restrictions on special education dollars. Thus, school leaders would have the flexibility they need to create a unified and coherent system aimed at meeting the needs of their own students. Check out a full copy of the report here to read more about how this change would affect California’s schools.
Robin Detterman, Executive Director of School Partnerships