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Published by Leader Services Logo Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Courts to determine funding for special education mental health services

Source: San Diego-Union Tribune

GavelThree separate court cases against the State of California and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will decide the financial future of mental health services provided to special education students across the state.

Before leaving office, Gov. Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto power to remove funding for state program AB 3632, which is the funding source for county mental-health departments to provide mental-health services to special education students in California.

The $133 million budget cut means that mental-health services required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) would be paid by school districts without state or county assistance.

The resulting legal battles now focus on the validity of state and federal unfunded mandates and the scope of the Governor’s line-item veto capability.

For AB 3632 litigation updates, visit the website of representing law firm of Dannis, Woliver & Kelley here.


Despite law, children are being left behind


Sad StudentTargets set forth in the "No Child Left Behind Act" are not being met by an estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools.

In a House education and workforce committee meeting, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan explained that the 2002 law has "created a thousand ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed."

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agreed that a change is needed but are uncertain how or when changes will be made.


School budget crisis to affect over 500 in Oakland

Source: KGO/ABC news

Laid Off TeacherHundreds of Oakland Unified School District K-12 teachers and support staff may soon be notified that their jobs are in jeopardy.

Despite Gov. Brown's attempts to avoid cutting K-12 spending from his budget, other spending cuts are taking their toll in Oakland and school districts around the state.


Early retirement may not ease budget crunch

Source: Whittier Daily News

Offering early retirement packages to senior faculty members is one method California schools can use to help ease the current financial crisis. But this stopgap measure may be more expensive for the state in the long run.

The California State Teachers' Retirement System fears that a sudden increase of new retirees will push the already struggling program into a state of insolvency.


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A word from Leader Services

Leader enters partnership with online speech provider

Presence TeleCare's Clay Whitehead

Leader Services is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Presence TeleCare, a company that provides online speech-language therapy using web-based video conferencing technology.

Utilizing online speech therapy helps schools overcome the challenge of recruiting professional speech-language pathologists while dealing with shrinking budgets.

Based on a number of studies, telepractice is just as effective or better than in-person therapy, as students find teletherapy fun and engaging.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recognizes telepractice as a valid means of delivery service.

For more information, contact Leader's National Consultant Greg Morris at 989.615.4617 or by e-mail.


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