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More than one in 10 California students receive special education services and the success of the state’s educational system is tied to the ability to improve conditions, instruction, learning and personal development for students with disabilities. During the past 10 years (from the 2007–08 to the 2017–18 school year), the number of students identified for special education services has increased from 677,875 to 774,665, representing an additional 96,790 identified students. In order to improve the educational experiences of students with disabilities, governance teams must understand student needs as well as the evolving landscape of special education, including its laws, structures, funding sources and best practices. 

CSBA has developed a variety of resources to help boards gain in-depth knowledge regarding Special Education in California.


CSBA Governance Briefs and Reports

External Resources

CSBA Sample Policies

The following board policies related to students with disabilities are available to subscribers to CSBA’s policy services, available through Gamut Online.

  • BP/AR 0430—Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education
  • BP 3541.2—Transportation for Students with Disabilities
  • AR 4112.23—Special Education Staff
  • AR 5144.2—Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)
  • BP 6146.4—Differential Graduation and Competency Standards for Students with Disabilities
  • BP/AR 6159.1—Procedural Safeguards for Special Education
  • BP/AR 6159.2—Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School and Agency Services for Special Education
  • BP/AR 6159.3—Appointment of Surrogate Parent for Special Education Students
  • AR 6159.4—Behavioral Interventions for Special Education Students
  • BP/AR 6164.4—Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education
  • BP/AR 6164.41—Children with Disabilities Enrolled by their Parents in Private School