Here’s what happened at the Special Education Committee on 5/1/24

The Board’s Special Education Committee met on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5 pm. This was our last meeting of the school year.  You can see the agenda and materials here  (Spanish) and the video of the meeting here.


Human Resources/Personnel Commission:

  • The biggest sources for recruiting staff come from local university partners (66%), private universities (14%), and then out-of-state (12%).
  • In the career ladder program in the last 3 years, we have matriculated at least 137 graduates. 
  • The District Intern program is tuition-free and currently has about 270 participants. 
  • In the teacher residency program, teachers receive 12-18 months of training, working alongside a mentor teacher. 
  • Teachers receive stipends, scholarships, and other aid that can total over $60,000 to offset tuition and living expenses. 
  • 14 Special Education classroom teacher positions have been posted for filling – 59 positions have already been filled.
  • 600 hours are needed for Special Education trainees to become assistants.

Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS):

  • CCEIS seeks to address disproportionality in African-American/black students who are found eligible for Special Education services.
  • The program is mandated by the federal government through the Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).
  • Significantly disproportionate is based on race/ethnicity, specific disability categories, continuum placement, and types of disciplinary actions.
  • At the schools that CCEIS supports, out-of-school suspensions have decreased by 3%, and all student disciplinary referrals have decreased by 39%. 
  • There has also been a 13% increase in promising scholars K-2 Dibels and a 2% increase in promising scholars ELA iReady data. 
  • Staff shared that starting in the Fall, they will be tracking more of the cohort data under this program.