LA’s Special Education Teachers Are Speaking Out About Contract Shortcomings

Eighty-one percent of Los Angeles teachers voted for the contract that ended their strike earlier this month. But there’s still a lot of concern coming from one group: special-ed teachers.

They say sections of the L.A. Unified School District contract related to their needs —and, by extension, the needs of their students — haven’t been significantly changed in decades.

One major issue is class size, which didn’t budge for special-ed classrooms during the recent negotiations.

“VOTING NO!!,” one teacher posted on Facebook last week. “The SPED protocols are virtually unchanged!! Many of these teachers are taking to social media to voice concerns.

Amber Schwindler teaches a special education class for autistic students at Germaine Street Elementary School in the San Fernando Valley.

She met with LAist after a long school day this week. To demonstrate one of the many challenges of her job, she pulled out a laminated math worksheet she’d made using velcro numbers and the equation two plus zero. It might look like a simple addition equation, she said, but for her students, it’s not. Click here to read more: