Special Needs Transportation

L.A. Unified to Mainstream Special-Needs

Posted on February 1, 2002
In an overhaul slated to take until 2006, the Los Angeles Unified School District will begin integrating its 35,000 special-needs students into regular-education classes and moving toward the elimination of special-needs-only schools and buses. District officials stress that this will be a gradual process involving many challenges. According to the Los Angeles Times, only 18 percent of L.A. Unified’s disabled students attended regular classes last year. That’s less than half the average integration rate for U.S. districts. Under the integration plan, the district’s 16 special-education centers and most of its other schools would be required to maintain a disabled student population of between 7 and 17 percent of total school enrollment. The details of the transition, which will cost millions of dollars in new facilities and staff training, have yet to be ironed out. “We’re in the planning and implementation stage. But we don’t have all the answers,” said superintendent Roy Romer. District officials couldn’t comment on the impact of integration on student transportation, other than to say that it will happen gradually, with changes being made on an individual basis, as students’ IEPs evolve. The number of students transported could increase or decrease in any given area of the district, depending on where students are placed.
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Product

Portable Child Restraint

HSM Transportation Solutions’ C.E. White Portable Child Restraint for school buses, a five-point restraint system, is designed to accommodate children weighing 20 to 90 pounds and up to 57 inches in height.

CUSD 300's Susan Rohlwing (left), director of education services, and Donna Bordsen, director of transportation, work closely to enhance special-needs transportation.
Article

Special-Needs Partnership Boosts Driver Training

At CUSD 300 in Illinois, the transportation and special-education departments have joined forces to develop new training tools for drivers and aides and to provide a consistent experience for students.

One of NAPT’s strategic goals is to increase the number of pupil transportation professionals who are certified. Seen here is the association’s 2016 Summit in Kansas City, Missouri.
News

15 NAPT Members Earn Certifications

The achievements tie in to one of the association’s goals: to increase the number of pupil transportation professionals who are certified by NAPT. One of the certifications focuses on special-needs transportation.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!