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This is part of an ongoing series “Learning while black: The fight for equity in San Francisco schools.”

A new intensive SFUSD program helps kids aged three-and-a-half to five regulate and understand their emotions. The goal: to avert an “emotional disturbance” designation, a special ed category where black children are overrepresented.

Lee Romney / KALW

This is part of an ongoing series “Learning while black: The fight for equity in San Francisco schools.”

African American students across the country are much more likely than any other student group to be placed in special education, and that’s true at San Francisco Unified too. The district’s troubled history has plenty to teach us about what is and isn’t working for black students with special needs today.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Feb 17, 2016

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:
 

Apple opposes order to help FBI unlock phone belonging to San Bernardino shooter // L.A. Times

“Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will resist a federal judge's order to access encrypted data hidden on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year.

Stevie Evans has been a special education teacher for four years.

“I feel like when I first started this job, I was just thrown into the lions den,” she says. “I mean, I came into teaching through teach for America – and they really prepare you well for teaching.”

11/23 - Teachers

Nov 23, 2015


Education Rights of Children with Disabilities.

Guests:  Susan Foley, Special Education Rights attorney,
and Kathryn Meola, Deputy County Counsel, San Mateo County.

Listeners are invited to call with questions/comments for Chuck and his guests: 415-841-4134.
 

Under CC license from Flickr user maltman23

For the past two months, KALW has spoken to families making their way through the special education system here in the Bay Area. A similar thread between all the families has surfaced: having advocates helping you navigate the system makes the special education waters a little less rough.

Putting a price on special education

May 28, 2013
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As we consider the world of special education, the voices of school administrators – the people who help determine where district dollars go – are extremely valuable. Right now, sequestration threatens to cut millions of dollars in funding for special education. In San Francisco, that means a cut of roughly $3.8 million in federal funds starting this fall. That funding was previously used for child nutrition and early education programs – and it will now need to be found elsewhere in the district’s already tight budget.