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.
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: https://laist.com/2019/01/31/las_special_education_teachers_are_speaking_up_about_shortcomings_of_new_contract.php